State Child Care Licensing

State Licensing Requirements

Federal law requires that states have policies in place to protect the health and safety of children in child care in three areas:

  • The prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • Building and physical premise safety
  • Health and safety training appropriate to the program setting

Because these federal requirements are general, the standards that states set for licensing child care centers and family child care homes vary greatly. The rules on who must obtain a license, what training they need to have, how many children they can care for, and what kind of environment they must provide differ state by state. On this page you will find information about what different standards mean, as well as tables that show how your state's child care rules compare with the rest of the country.


State Licensing Reports

Tables & Information

Older Reports Available Online