Daycare License Requirements for Kentucky

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18.

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age RangeRatio For Center-based Care
    6 weeks(5:1)
    9 months(5:1)
    18 months(6:1)
    27 months(10:1)
    3 years(12:1)
    4 years(14:1)
    5 & 6years(15:1)
    7 years and older(20:1)
    7 years and older(25:1) In part-day programs for school-age children, the ratio for children 7 years of age and older is 25:1 with a maximum group size of 30.
    Age RangeRatio For Small Family Child Care Homes
    Number of Children Allowed:4-6 (plus 4 children related toprovider)
    Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:Up to 10, with 4 children relatedto the provider
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes, if under age 6
    Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:4 under 1-yr
    Age RangeRatio For Large Family Child Care Homes
    Number of Children Allowed:7-12
    Ratio of Children to One Provider:5:1 for under age 1-yr6:1 for 1-2-yrs10:1 for 2-3 yrs12:1 for 3-4 yrs14:1 for 4-5 yrs15:1 for 5-7 yrs
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes, if care is provided to them


    Office of Inspector General

    Division of Licensed Child Care
    C.H.R. Building
    275 East Main Street, 5E-A
    Frankfort, KY 40621
    Phone: 502-564-2888
    Fax: 502-564-6546
    Web site:

    For certification of Family Child Care homes serving 4-6 children. No certification needed for less than 4 children

    Community Based Services
    Division of Child Care
    C.H.R. Building
    275 East Main Street, 3C-F
    Frankfort, KY 40621
    Phone: 502-564-2524 & 800-421-1903
    Fax: 502-564-3464
    Web site:


    Certified child care home

    Regulation child care centers

    Kentucky Child Care Associations:

    Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Educations – KAECE

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