Are child care providers required to be licensed or accredited?

Licensing and accreditation requirements of child care providers vary greatly from one state to another. Employment qualifications can range from pre-high school graduation to state certification to college degrees, but child care providers who operate out of a private facility and care for only a few children at a time are rarely regulated at all. It’s only when the number of children being cared for raises beyond a certain number (dependent on the state in question) that a license to operate is required.

Since qualifications differ from state to state, it’s important to do your homework and perform adequate research before enrolling your child with a care provider. Find out what your state’s requirements are.

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