Georgia
Georgia Childcare
State Requirements


Worker Qualifications

Teacher/Provider: Daycare providers have to be at least 21 years old in Georgia. They also must have a high school diploma or a GED. Home daycare providers and their employees must also pass a fingerprint check and a preliminary records check to make sure that there is no history of criminal behavior. The provider must have no physical or mental disabilities that would impair her ability to care for the children. 

Starting a Child Care Program - A guide to information you need about Family Child Care Learning Homes and Child Care Learning Centers.

Summary: Learn the tasks and steps involved in starting a child care program: a Child Care Learning Center or Family Child Care Learning Home. Find the answers to common questions and concerns applicants have when opening a child care business, including employees and background checks.

Applies to: Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Learning Homes, Training, Rules and Regulations, Criminal Records Check, Livescan
Obtaining an Application and Training Requirements

A Family Child Care Learning Home is a program that operates in a private residential home for less than 24 hours per day. It provides care for three children, but no more than six, under the age of 18 for pay.

A Child Care Learning Center is a program operated by a person, society, agency, corporation, institution, or group that receives pay for group care. It provides care for 19 or more children under the age of 18 for less than 24 hours per day.

All applicants must obtain the applicable licensing packet for the type of child care program they are planning by downloading the applicable packet in the paragraphs below.

To apply to become a Family Child Care Learning Home

When applying for a Family Child Care Learning Home License, the applicant should refer to the Family Child Care Learning Home Applicant Guide and follow the Steps for Successful Family Child Care

Training Requirements

Family Child Care Learning Home Providers have been required to obtain 20 hours of pre-service training prior to receiving a certificate of license. New Family Child Care Learning Home providers and existing Family Child Care Learning Home providers are required to obtain 10 hours of training relating to the care of children on an annual basis. If you are interested in opening a Family Child Care Learning Home (FCCLH), you must attend a License Orientation Meeting (LOM) class prior to submitting an application for license. LOM is required for all FCCLH applicants that are not currently licensed.

Before obtaining an initial license, the director of a Child Care Learning Center must complete a Bright from the Start approved 40-hour director training course. To maintain their license, Child Care Learning Center Home staff must obtain 10 hours of training relating to the care of children on an annual basis.

Family Child Care Learning Home Five Training Areas

Child Care Learning Center staff are required to obtain 10 hours of training relating to the care of children on an annual basis. If you are interested in opening a Child Care Learning Center (CCLC), you must attend a Licensure Orientation Meeting (LOM) class prior to submitting an application for license.

For more information about training, please see the chart below that explains the different types of training requirements. Additionally, to locate state approved training opportunities throughout the state of Georgia, please visit the Georgia Professional Development System or the Georgia Training Approval websites.

For more specific information on required training or for questions about LOM, please contact DECAL's Child Care Services Division at 404.657.5562 and ask for the "Consultant of the Day".

Provider /Child Ratio

Age Range Ratios For Center Based Care in Georgia State
6 weeks (1:6) Maximum Group Size 12
9 months (1:6) Maximum Group Size 12
18 months (1:8) Maximum Group Size 16
27 months (1:10) Maximum Group Size 20
3 years (1:15) Maximum Group Size 30
4 years (1:18) Maximum Group Size 36
5 years (1:20) Maximum Group Size 40
6 years (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
7 years (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
8-9 years (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
10 years or older (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
Age Range Ratios For Family Child Care in Georgia State
Number of Children Allowed: 3-6 (up to 12 under 13-yrs, if 6 are related to provider, residents, or children for whom no compensation is received)
Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:
3 under 1-yr
6 under 3-yrs
8 under 5-yrs
Provider's Own Children Counted: Yes
Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider: 3 under 1-yr
Age Range Ratios For Family Child Care in Georgia State
Number of Children Allowed: 7-18
Ratio of Children to One Provider: 6:1 for under 1 yr and under 18-mos and not walking
8:1 for 1-yr-olds who walk
10:1 for 2-yrs
15:1 for 3-yrs
18:1 for 4-yrs +
Provider's Own Children Counted: NA
*Georgia: In large (“group”) homes mixed age ratios are determined by the age of youngest child under 3; ratios in groups with children over 3 years of age are determined by the age of the majority of children.
 
 
Licensing in home-based care is not required when:
 

Contact Information
Child Care Licensing Agency
Bright from the Start
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, 670 East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Georgia Daycare Listings 
Child Care Subsidy Agency
Georgia Department of Human Resources
Division of Family and Children Services
Two Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 21-293
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-3441
Fax: (404) 657-3489
Head Start - State Collaboration Office
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
10 Park Place South, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA, 30303
Phone: (404) 651-5335
Fax: (404) 651-7184
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Nutrition Services Division
10 Park Place South, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 657-1779
Fax: (404) 651-7430
State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
50 Executive Park South, Ste 5015
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 479-4174
Toll Free: (800) 466-5681
Fax: (404) 479-4228
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Enforcement Program
Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services
P.O.Box 497
Topeka, Georgia 66601-049
Phone: (785) 296-3237
Fax: (785) 296-5206
Child Abuse Reporting

To report suspected child abuse in Georgia, call Child Protective Services (404) 651-9361.

For national child abuse information, call Childhelp®, 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453).


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