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Licensing Standards for Daycare in Nevada

Worker Qualifications
Caretaker: Must be at least 16 years old and have completed, or be currently enrolled in, an approved course in the development of children. Must complete a course of training in child care within 6 months of employment unless such a course was completed within the previous 12 months.

Provider /Child Ratio
Age Range Ratios for Center Based Care in Nevada
6 weeks
9 months
18 months
27 months
3 years
4 years
5 years
6 years
7 years
8-9 years
10 years and older
Age Range Ratios for Family Child Care in Nevada
All children are over age 3 (1:10) preschool family members included in ratio number
Two children in group are under age 2 (1:7) preschool family members included in ratio numberx

* Ratios shown in table are calculated based on the maximum number of children allowed to one caregiver. Center classrooms with children over 2 years of age but under 3 years of age are required to have a child:staff ratio of 10:1. Otherwise, the ratios in child care centers are based on the total number of children in care, not the age of the children. Requirements for children age 2 and older are as follows:

For every additional 13 children above 93, one more caregiver is required.

Age Range Ratios for Small Family Child Care Homes
Total Number of Children Allowed: 5-6; Plus 3 School-Age Children (SAC)
Maximum Number of Children to One Provider: 9; If 3 SAC
Provider's Own Children Counted: No
Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider: 4; Under 2-yrs with no more than 2 under 1-yr
Age Range Ratios for Large Family Child Care Homes
Total Number of Children Allowed: 7-12; If 3 SAC (including provider's own children if under age 10)
Ratio of Children to One Provider: 6:1
Provider's Own Children Counted: Yes; If under 10

Contact Information
Child Care Licensing Agency
Nevada Department of Human Resources
Division of Child and Family Services
Bureau of Services for Child Care
400 West King Street #230
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: (775) 684-4463
Toll Free: (800) 992-0900
(within State; not in Elko or Las Vegas)
Fax: (775) 684-4464
Nevada Daycare Listings
Child Care Subsidy Agency
Nevada Department of Human Resources
Division of Welfare and Supportive Services
1470 East College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89706
Phone: (775) 684-0630
Fax: (775) 684-0617

Head Start - State Collaboration Office
Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office
4126 Technology Way, Suite 100
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 684-4195 (desk)
(775) 671-2257 (cell)
(775) 684-4010 ( FAX)

Child Care Food Program Agency
Office of Child Nutrition and School Safety
Nevada Department of Education
1749 Moody Street Suite 40
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Phone: (702) 486-7927
Fax: (775) 687-9119

State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
Nevada Child Care Resource & Referral Network
The Children's Cabinet
1090 South Rock Boulevard
Reno, NV 89502
Toll Free: (800) 753-5500
Fax: (775) 856-6208

Office of Child Support Enforcement
Division of Welfare and Supportive Services
1470 College Parkway
Carson City, Nevada 89706-7924
Phone: (775)684-0705
Fax: (775) 684-0702
Customer Service: (775) 684-7200 or (702) 486-1646
Toll Free: (800) 992-0900

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
To report suspected child abuse in Nevada, call (800) 992-5757.

For national child abuse information, call the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline (staffed 24 hours daily with professional crisis counselors): 1-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-2-A-CHILD (T.D.D)

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