- Paths to QUALITY
When a family calls in need of child care, the Referral Specialist will describe the types of care available and discuss which types of care are most appropriate for the family's needs.Quality child care can happen in any setting, and no one type of care is the "right" choice for your child. Types of care include:
is legal, unlicensed care being provided in a residential setting. Exempt family child care providers may care for five or fewer children in addition to any children related to the provider. If an exempt family child care provider wishes to care for families who receive assistance in paying for child care through the CCDF voucher program, they must meet the Health & Safety Standards. Health & Safety Standards include, but are not limited to: criminal history checks, drug testing, First Aid/CPR training, fire safety, safe storage of toxic substances, supervision policy, tobacco/substance abuse policy, and a check of the State Central Registry of Abuse and Neglect.
refer to licensed care provided in a residential setting. Licensed child care providers may care for 12 or fewer children at any one time on the premises. Child/staff ratios for a licensed child care home are:
A Licensed Family Child Care Home that has been licensed for at least one (1) year with no inspection or compliance violations may apply for a "Class II" license.A Class II license enables the home to care for up to 16 children at any one time. Child/staff ratios do not change with a Class II license.
A Licensed Family Child Care Home may also care for three or fewer school age children, who would not be included in the licensed capacity, if certain requirements are met.
refers to a licensed facility designed to provide child care in a commercial facility. Child/staff ratios for child care centers are:
are child care programs operated by a religious organization. Registered ministries do not have staff/child ratio requirements. Regulations for registered ministries address basic health and safety, fire safety, and sanitation issues. For more information regarding registered ministries, visit the Carefinder web site.
Each level of Paths to QUALITY builds on the foundation of the previous one, resulting in significant quality improvements at each stage and in national accreditation at the highest level, level 4. The system validates early care and education programs for ongoing efforts to achieve higher standards of quality and provides incentives and awards for success. To find out more about PTQ and why it should be important to you click here.