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Daycare License Requirements for West Virginia

Worker requirements

Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school education or certified equivalent. Must be able to read and write.

Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
0 – 2 years(1:4)
2 – 3 years(1:8)
3 – 4 years(1:10)
4 – 5 years(1:12)
5 – 6 years(1:15)
School age(1:16)


Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
All ages(1:6)[including provider's own children whether related by blood, marriage or adoption, who live in the home and are under the age of 6; no more than 2 under the age of 24 months allowed at any time]


West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Bureau for Children and Families
Office of Children and Family Policy
Division of Early Care and Education
350 Capitol Street, B18
Charleston, WV 25301-3700
Web site:

Family Child Care
Phone: 304-558-1885
Fax: 304-558-8800

Rules child care centers

Rules for family child care homes

West Virginia Child Care Associations:

West Virginia Child Care Association – WVCCA

West Virginia Family Child Care Association – WVFCCA