Daycare License Requirements for Virginia

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. If hired or promoted after 11/1/93, must also have an endorsement or BA in a child- related field; or 48 semester hours from accredited college or university, at least 12 of which are in a subject relating to group care of children and 6 months of age-appropriate experience; or a 1 year early childhood certificate from an accredited college or university of at least 30 semester hours and 6 months of age-appropriate experience; or a CDA credential or equivalent; or one year age appropriate program experience in group care and participation in a staff training plan of at least 10 hours in first year of employment.


    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age RangeRatio For Center-based Care
    Young toddlers(1:5)
    2 and 3 years(1:10)
    4 years(1:12)
    School age(1:20)
    Mixed age groupratio for youngest child in group


    Age RangeRatio For Family Child Care
    0 – 15 months(1:4)
    16 – 23 months(1:5)
    2 – 4 years(1:8)
    5 – 9 years(1:16)
    10 years and olderthese children shall not count in determining any ratio
    Mixed age groupa point system shall be applied to determine the need for an assistant


    Virginia Department of Social Services
    Division of Licensing Programs
    7 North Eighth Street
    Richmond, VA 23219
    Phone: 800-543-7545 (within state)
    or 804-662-9743 (nationwide)
    Fax: 804-662-9743
    Web site:

    Rules for day care centers

    Rules for family daycare homes

    Virginia Child Care Associations:

    Virginia Child Care Association – VCCA

    Virginia Alliance of Family Child Care Associations – VAFCCA

    Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children – NVAEYC

    Free Report:
    How to Avoid the 7 Biggest Mistakes Most People Make When Starting a Daycare


    Click Below to Learn More About My New Book!” ~Kris The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide by Kris Murray

    Blog Posts

    Home Daycare Business Products

    Daycare Success System

    Discover how to start a daycare with the Daycare Success System. Opening a daycare is easy when you know the secrets, this proven system reveals how to start a home daycare.


    Daycare Policy Handbook Template

    Daycare Policy Handbook you can use as is or update for your own needs.


    Daycare Grants and Loans

    How to Get Daycare Funding Through Grants and Low-Interest Loans


    Home Daycare Business Plan

    Business plan template for home based daycare. Just add your name and instantly you can have a business plan you can use.


    Daycare Center Business Plans

    Daycare Center Business Plan template, just add your name and instantly you can have a business plan for you child care center.


    Daycare Forms

    Every daycare forms you need. 34 of the most needed and requested daycare forms ready to use or modify for your own use.