Daycare License Requirements for Nebraska

    Worker requirements

    Must be “legal age of majority” and have a written, department-approved plan to acquire at least 3 credit hours or 15 clock hours of Department-approved in-service training in child development/early childhood education or child care administration within 12 months of hiring; or a CDA; or a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in a field related to care and education of children ages 0 – 12 years (e.g., early childhood education, child development, elementary education, or special education); or one year verified group experience with a positive reference from a supervisor.


    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
    Preschool(3 years)(1:10)
    Preschool(4 – 5 years)(1:12)
    School age(1:15)
    Mixed age groupcenter wide ratio count


    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    All ages(1:8) [includes provider’s own children under 8 years old; no more than 2 children may be under 18 months old; additionally, there may be 2 school age children during non-school hours]
    Mixed age group(1:8) [no more than 2 infants at one time]
    School age(1:10)


    Nebraska Department of Regulation and Licensure Credentialing Division
    Child Care
    P.O. Box 94986
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5044
    Phone: 402-471-9278 or 800-600-1289
    Fax: 402-471-7763
    Web site:
    E-mail (Questions about HHS System)

    Childcare licensing

    Nebraska Child Care Associations:

    Nebraska Family Child Care Association – NFCCA

    Midwest Child Care Association

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