To ensure safeguards and enhance quality for children in out-of-home care.
The Office of Child Care Licensing licenses approximately 1,500+ facilities in Delaware. These facilities include:
Family Child Care Homes
Child care in a private home for one (1) to six (6) children preschool–age or younger and one (1) to three (3) school-age children;
Large Family Child Care Homes
Child care in a private home or commercial (non-residential) setting for seven (7) to twelve (12) children preschool-age or younger and one (1) or two (2) school-age children;
Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers
Includes day care centers, nursery schools, preschools, before/after school care, and out of school care.
Child care in a commercial (non-residential) setting for thirteen (13) or more children;
Residential Child Care Facilities and Day Treatment Programs
Services for children with behavioral dysfunctions; developmental, emotional, mental or physical impairments; and/or chemical dependencies; and
Child Placement Agencies
Adoption and foster care services
Each type of child care facility has its own licensing rules and specific procedures for becoming licensed.
New Castle County
Mailing Address: 1825 Faulkland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19805
Kent & Sussex Counties
Mailing Address: 821 Silver Lake Blvd., Ste 103, Dover, DE 19904
Telephone: 302-739-5487 or 1-800-822-2236
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