Base their adult to child ratios solely on the head count. 

  •  4 or fewer unrelated children, per 1 adult (18+).
  • The provider's relatives DO NOT count.
  • 4 or fewer children under the age of 2. The provider's relatives DO count.

So what does that mean?: 

Let's say that "Sally" provides unlicensed child care, in her home.  
Sally has 1 niece who is 15 months old, and 1 daughter who is 14 months old.


If Sally's niece  and daughter are both in Sally's care, Sally can watch 2 additional, unrelated, children under the age 15 months.


Or, if Sally's niece and daughter are both in Sally's care, she can watch up to 4 additional, unrelated, children who are all over the age of 2.

Voluntarily Registered Providers

(day home and facility):

Religious based programs, are licensed exempt:

Base their adult to child ratios on a head count AND point system. (Point values listed under "Licensed child care facilities")

  • (Day homes) 4 or fewer children under the age of 2, including the provider's own children and children who reside in the home.
  • (Day homes) 6 -12 children, excluding the provider's own. AND based on a point system which does include the provider's children.
  • (Day homes )Up to 16 points per approved teacher.
  • (Facilities) Up to 16 points per approved teacher. If a facility is Voluntarily Registered, it means they are "Approved" or licensed exempt.

                    So what does that mean?: 

Let's say that "Sally" provides child care, in her home.  
Sally has 1 niece who is 15 months old, and 1 daughter who is 14 months old.
If Sally's niece (4 points) and daughter (4 points) are both in Sally's care, Sally can watch 2 additional, unrelated, children under the age 15 months (4 points x 2).  Sally is caring for 4 children, equaling 16 points).


Or, if Sally's niece and daughter are both present (4 points x 2), Sally can also care for two 16 month olds (3 points x 2), and one 2 year old (2 points). Sally is caring for 5 children, equalling 16 points. 

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Unlicensed child care  (day) homes:

Licensed Child Care Homes (i.e. Day homes):

Base their adult to child ratios on the point system and headcount:

  • 1 (DSS approved adult) can care for 6 -12 children based on the point system and headcounts.
  • The 1 adult to 6 children, headcount, excludes the provider's own. But the points include the provider's children.
  • Up to 16 points per approved teacher. (Please see "Licensed Child Care Facilities" for point system.)

So what does that mean?:

Let's say that "Sally" provides licensed child care, in her home.  

Sally has 1 niece who is 15 months old, and 1 daughter who is 14 months old.

If Sally's niece (4 points) and daughter (4 points) are both in Sally's care, Sally can watch 2 additional, unrelated, children under the age 15 months (4 points x 2). Sally is caring for 4 children, equaling 16 points.

Or, if Sally's niece and daughter are both present (4 points x 2), Sally can also care for two 16 month olds (3 points x 2), and one 2 year old (2 points). Sally is caring for 5 children, equalling 16 points. 

And base their ratios, as follows:

Age, per child:

  • 1 adult to 4 children: 0-24 months
  •  1 adult to 10 children: 24 months to 6 years
  • 1 adult to 25 children: 6 years +
  • Exception to this rule is when children ages 24 months and older are napping, only 1 adult is required to be present (unlimited # of children).

licensed child care facilities:                 

Base their adult to child ratios solely on the point system. All children are counted, including the provider's relatives. 

A total of 16 points are allowed, per 1 adult (18+ years old).


  • 0 - 15 months: 4 points
  • 16 months - 23 months: 3 points
  • 2 years - 4 years: 2 points
  • 5 years - 9 years: 1 point
  • 10 years +: 0 points