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Worker Qualifications
Caregivers and group leaders: Must be at least 18 years old with a HS diploma or GED.

Provider /Child Ratio
Age Range Ratios for Center-based Daycare in Utah State
Care for more than 12 children in a non-residential setting. Ratios are:
Infants (1:4)
Toddlers (under 2 years old) (1:4)
2 years (1:7)
3 years (1:12)
4 years (1:15)
5 years (1:20)
Ratios for Licensed Family Daycare in Utah State

Care for up to 8 children with 1 caregiver including no more than 2 children under age 2; OR care for up to 6 children with 1 caregiver including no more than 3 children under age 2; OR care for up to 16 children with 2 caregivers including no more than 4 children under age 2. Providers’ own children under age 4 count in the ratios.

- One-time fire inspection
- TB test
- Yearly criminal background check
- 20 hours of yearly training in child development, health, and safety
- Current CPR and First Aid certificate
- Three annual home-visits from Child Care Licensing
- Written Policies and Procedures
- Written Emergency and Disaster plan
- City business license required
- Health Department kitchen inspection every other year

Ratios for Residential Daycare in Utah State

Care for up to 8 children with 1 caregiver. Only 2 can be under the age of 2. The provider’s own children under the age of 4 count in the ratios.

- One-time fire inspection
- TB test
- Yearly criminal background check
- 10 hours of yearly training in child development, health, and safety
- Current CPR and First Aid certificate
- Three annual home-visits from Child Care Licensing
- Verbal Policies and Procedures
- Verbal Emergency and Disaster plan
- City business license needed only if required by city
- Health Department kitchen inspection every other year

Ratios for Exempt Daycare in Utah State

Care for up to 4 non-related children with 1 caregiver. No limit on number of infants in care.

- No fire inspection
- No TB test
- No criminal background check
- No yearly training
- No CPR or First Aid certification
- No health & safety regulations
- No business license
- No Health Department inspection
- Residential


Contact Information
Child Care Licensing Agency
Utah Department of Health
Child Care Unit
P.O. Box 142003
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2003
Phone: (801) 538-9084
Fax: (801) 538-6325
Utah Daycare Listings  
Child Care Subsidy Agency
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Office of Work and Family Life
140 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 526-4340
Fax: (801) 526-4349
Head Start - State Collaboration Office
Utah Department of Health
Division of Community and Family Health Services
P.O. Box 142001
Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-2001
Phone: (801) 538-9312
Fax: (801) 538-9409
Child Care Food Program Agency
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South Street
Post Office Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-4200
Phone: (801) 538-7513
Fax: (801) 538-7883
State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
Utah Association of Child Care Resource & Referral
Utah Valley State College
800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 863-8220
Toll Free: (800) 952-8220
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Department of Human Services
Office of Recovery Services
P.O.Box 45033
Salt Lake , Utah 84145-0033
Phone: (801) 536-8500
Fax: (801) 536-8636
Child Abuse Reporting
To report suspected child abuse in Utah, call (800) 678-9399.

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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