There are several different types of childcare available. Experts agree that any of these options can be beneficial to children if they are provided properly.
There are government guidelines that apply to childcare. We recommend that parents looking for childcare review those government guidelines.
Child Care Center
A facility that cares for more than three children in a
setting that is not a home. Child care centers, nursery
schools, preschools, kindergartens and school age programs
are included in this definition.
Family Child Care Provider
Someone that provides care in his or her own home.
There can be up to twelve children, including the
providerís own children under twelve years.
Group Child Care Provider
The care of up to sixteen children in a providerís home.
Other Types of Childcare
These are programs exempt from licensing.
- Care provided in the childís own home
- Care provided by relatives
- Family child care for up to three children, including
the providerís own children under the age of 12, or of
just one other family
- Programs serving children over age three which are
operated by public or private elementary schools, or
schools which are registered with the State Board of
Education or accredited by a national organization
- Programs conducted on Federal government premises
- Part-day programs which children are cared for on an
intermittent basis for up to 10 hours per week
- Certain Montessori programs
- Programs providing care for transient children while
their parents are on the premises