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LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Your state's Licensing Requirements
and contact numbers.

Licensing Standards for Certified Daycare Centers in Oregon State
Licensing Standards for Certified Family Daycare in Oregon State
Licensing Standards for Registered Family Home Daycare
Oregon Daycare Provider Orientation by Country
Forms and Other Resources

Worker Qualifications
Teachers: Must be at least 18 years old and have either 20 semester hours of training in a college or university in early childhood education, child development, or special education; or a Child Development Associate credential; or at least one year successful, full-time work in a group program for children.

Provider /Child Ratio
Age Range Ratios for Center Based Care in Oregon State
Infants (1:4)
Toddlers (1:4)
Preschool (1:10)
Schoolage (1:15)
Mixed age group ratio of youngest child in group
Age Range Ratios for Family Child Care in Oregon State
All ages

(1:10)

6 preschool children and 4 school age children, including provider's own children; restrictions also apply to ages of preschool children

REGISTERED FAMILY CHILD CARE OVERVIEW

  • The child care business is in the provider’s own home. A license is limited to one provider per household.
  • A maximum number of 10 children are allowed in care at any one time. Of those 10 children, six children may be preschool age or younger, two of the six preschool children may be under 24 months of age. The provider’s own children are included in the number of children in care.
  • Prior to a license being issued, changing to a new home address, reopening a license after a lapse in time, or renewing a license every two years, the provider must satisfactorily complete an on-site health and safety review conducted by the Office of Child Care.
  • The provider, all other residents of the home, substitute caregivers, and frequent visitors 18 years of age or older must be enrolled in the Office of Child Care’s Central Background Registry.

CERTIFIED FAMILY CHILD CARE OVERVIEW

  • The child care business is in a single family home, usually the provider’s own home. License is limited to one provider per household. The provider may hire additional staff.
  • A maximum number of 12 children (16 children with prior approval by the Office of Child Care) are allowed in care at any one time. The provider’s own children are included in the determination of caregiver/child ratio and group size.
  • An environmental health specialist, as well as a licensing specialist from the Office of Child Care must inspect and approve the home prior to a license being issued. Both specialists must conduct an annual inspection before a license is renewed.
  • The, provider, all other residents of the home, substitute caregivers, staff, volunteers, and 18 years of age or older must be enrolled in the Office of Child Care’s Central Background Registry.

 

CERTIFIED CHILD CARE CENTER OVERVIEW

  • The child care business is in a facility that has met zoning, occupancy, and building code requirements; usually a commercial building.
  • The maximum number of children allowed in care depends on the square footage of the building, number of qualified staff, and various other factors. The license reflects maximum number of children allowed in care at any one time.
  • An environmental health specialist, the local fire department, as well as a licensing specialist from the Office of Child Care must inspect and approve the facility prior to a license being issued. All three inspections must be conducted annually before a license is renewed.
  • The director, child care staff, volunteers, or any individual who may have unsupervised contact with child care children during operation hours that are 18 years of age or older must be enrolled in the Office of Child Care’s Central Background Registry.

Contact Information
Child Care Licensing Agency
Oregon Employment Department
Child Care Division
875 Union St
PO Box 14050
Salem, OR 97311
Toll Free: 800-556-6616
Local: 503-947-1400
Fax: 503-947-1428
Oregon Daycare Listings
Child Care Subsidy Agency
Oregon Department of Employment
Child Care Division
P.O. Box 14050
Salem, OR 97309-4050
Phone: (503) 947-1409
Toll Free: (800) 556-6616
Fax: (503) 947-1428
Department of Human Services
Self Sufficiency Program
Head Start - State Collaboration Office
Oregon Department of Education
Public Service Building
255 Capitol Street, NE
Salem, OR, 97310-0203
Phone: (503) 947-5810
Fax: (503) 378-5156
Child Care Food Program Agency
Child Nutrition & Food Distribution
State Department of Education
Public Services Building
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97310-0203
Phone: (503) 947-5902
Fax: (503) 378-5258
State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
Oregon Child Care Resource & Referral Network
805 Liberty NE, Suite 2
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 375-2644
Toll Free: (800) 342-6712
Fax: (503) 399-9858
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Division of Child Support
Oregon Department of Justice
494 State Street, S.E. Suite 300
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: (503) 986-6166
Fax: (503) 986-6158

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
To report suspected child abuse in Oregon, call 1 (800) 854-3508, ext. 2402.

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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