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

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