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Daycare License Requirements for North Carolina

Worker requirements

Must be at least 18.

Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
Up to Months(1:5)
18 months(1:6)
27 months(1:10)
3 years(1:15)
4 years(1:20)
5 – 9 years(1:25)
10 years and older(1:25)
Age RangeRatio For Small Family Child Care Homes
Number of Children Allowed:3-5 (plus 3 SAC)
Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:8, with no more than 5 preschool-age or younger
Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes, if preschool-age or younger


Division of Child Development
Regulatory Services Section
319 Chapanoke Road, Suite 120
2201 Mail Service Center 27699-2201
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919-662-4499 or 800-859-0829 (in-state calls only)
Fax: 919-661-4845
Web site:


Day care rules

North Carolina Child Care Associations:

North Carolina Licensed Child Care Association – NCLCCA

North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children – NCAEYC