Licensing

The Division of Licensing oversees licensed programs for family child care homes, group child care homes, child care centers, and youth camps. We’re committed to promoting the health, safety, and welfare of Connecticut’s children.

Who we license

We license more than 4,000 child care programs in the State of Connecticut. Child care programs and youth camps have different regulations and processes for getting licensed. Below are the different types of licensed programs.

Family child care homes
Family child care homes are private homes that meet the following criteria:

  • Provide child care for up to six children full time, including the provider’s own children, who are not in school full time
  • During the school year, providers may take up to three additional children who are in school full time, including the provider’s own children who are in school full time
  • During the summer, providers may continue to care for three additional school-age children, in addition to their own school-age children, provided an approved assistant or substitute is present at all times
  • Care is provided for no less than three and no more than 12 hours within a 24-hour period on a regular basis
  • More than 12 hours of care is allowed on an intermittent basis, but may not exceed 72 consecutive hours

Group child care homes
Group child care homes fall under one of the following definitions:

  • Provides regular care for not less than seven or more than 12 related or unrelated children, OR
  • Meets the definition of a family child care home but operates in a facility other than a private home

Child care centers
Child care centers provide regular care to more than 12 related or unrelated children outside of their homes.

Youth camps
Youth camps are programs or organized activities that operate during school vacations or on weekends. Camps may accommodate five or more children who are between ages 3 and 16.

What we do

We work to ensure that all licensed child care programs and youth camps meet state regulations. Some of our work includes:

  • Enforcing statutes and regulations
  • Investigating complaints
  • Monitoring programs for compliance
  • Processing applications
  • Providing technical assistance
Last updated October 16, 2019