Licensing Regulations

Services for Delaware Families - Licensing Regulations

The Office of Child Care Licensing in the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families is responsible for licensing early care and education programs in Delaware. These programs include:

  • Family Child Care Homes – child care in a private home for one (1) to six (6) children preschool –age or younger and one (1) to three (3) school-age children;
  • Large Family Child Care Homes – child care in a private home or commercial (non-residential) setting for seven (7) to twelve (12) children preschool-age or younger and one (1) or two (2) school-age children;
  • Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers (includes day care centers, nursery schools, preschools, before/after school care, and out of school care) – child care in a commercial (non-residential) setting for thirteen (13) or more children;

Helpful resources, rules and regulations, and links to additional resources are provided on the Office of Child Care Licensing website. Check it out!