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Index of State of Delaware Business Licenses and Registrations

Child Care Facilities – Home Based and Centers

For Home-Based, Early Care, Education, and School-Age Centers

There are multiple license types for child care centers and homes. Each have different regulations and requirements. Family Child Care Homes: Provider alone cares for six (6) preschool-age or younger children and one (1) to three (3) school-age children. Large Family Child Care Homes: Provider and assistant care for seven (7) to twelve (12) preschool-age or younger children and one (1) or two (2) school-age children. Early Care and Education and School Age Centers: Child care provided in a commercial (non-residential) setting for thirteen (13) or more children including nonprofit and for-profit programs. “School-Age Center” means a center that exclusively provides care for school-age children.

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Department: Services for Children, Youth and Their Families

Division: Division of Family Services

Office: Office of Child Care Licensing


1 year



Renewal Form

Renewal and Relocation Application Forms are Online:

Applicable Laws

Applicable Rules and Regulations


Kelly McDowell, Resource and Development Administrator can be contacted by email at and by phone at 302-892-5800.

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This search covers most of the frequently requested licenses, certifications, registrations, and filings that the State of Delaware requires. However, this is not a fully exhaustive list of every possible requirement. Please consult with the appropriate state agencies to find out if there are additional requirements you must fulfill.

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