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Daycare License Requirements for Pennsylvania

Worker Requirements

Must be at least 18 years old and have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 1 year of experience with children; or an Associate’s degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 2 years of experience with children; or an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 3 years of experience with children.

Provider / Child Ratio

Age RangeRatio For Center-based Care
Age of ChildrenChild: Staff Ratio/ Maximum Group Size
6 weeks – 9 months(4:1) 8
18 months(5:1) 10
27 months(6:1) 12
3 years – 5 years(10:1) 20
6 years – 7 years(12:1) 24
8 years – 9 years(12:1 or 15:1) 24/30
10 years and older(15:1) 30
Small Family Child Care Homes
Number of Children Allowed:4-6
Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:6
Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes, if infants and/or toddlers
Max Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:3 toddlers if 2 infants

4 toddlers if 1 infant

5 toddlers if no infantsLarge Family Child Care Homes¬†Number of Children Allowed:7-12 (plus 3 school-age children)Ratio of Children to One Provider:See State NotesProvider’s Own Children Counted:Yes

 

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Child Day Care
Office of Children, Youth and Families
Health and Welfare Building, Room 131
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675
Phone: 717-787-8691
Fax: 717-787-1529
Hotline: 877-4-PA-KIDS (within state)
Web site: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/ChildCareEarlyEd/

 

Family child care home

http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter3290/chap3290toc.html

Child day care centers

http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter3270/chap3270toc.html

Pennsylvania Child Care Associations:

Pennsylvania Child Care Association – PACCA