Daycare License Requirements for Georgia

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 and have HS diploma or GED or 1 year experience.


    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
    6 weeks(1:6) Maximum Group Size 12
    9 months(1:6) Maximum Group Size 12
    18 months(1:8) Maximum Group Size 16
    27 months(1:10) Maximum Group Size 20
    3 years(1:15) Maximum Group Size 30
    4 years(1:18) Maximum Group Size 36
    5 years(1:20) Maximum Group Size 40
    6 years(1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
    7 years(1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
    8-9 years(1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
    10 years or older(1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
    Ratio For Family Child Care
    Number of Children Allowed:3-6 (up to 12 under13-yrs, if 6 are related toprovider, residents, orchildren for whom nocompensation is received)
    Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:3 under 1-yr;6 under 3-yrs;8 under 5-yrs;
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes
    Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:3 under 1-yr
    Large Family Child Care Homes
    Number of Children Allowed:7-18
    Ratio of Children to One Provider:6:1 for under 1 yr and under 18-mos and not walking8:1 for 1-yr-olds who walk10:1 for 2-yrs15:1 for 3-yrs18:1 for 4-yrs +
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:NA
    *Georgia: In large (“group”) homes mixed age ratios are determined by the age of youngest child under 3; ratios in groups with children over 3 years of age are determined by the age of the majority of children.

    Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

    10 Park Place South, Suite 200

    Atlanta, GA 30303

    Phone: 404-651-7182

    Fax: 404-657-8936

    Hotline: 888-4GA-PREK

    Web site:


    Rules for family day care homes:

    Rules for group day care homes:

    Rules for child care learning centers:

    Georgia Child Care Associations:

    Georgia Child Care Association – GCCA

    Georgia Association on Young Children – GAYC


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