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Threshold of licensed family child care in 2014

Each State has a minimum number of children in care (i.e., threshold) that determines when a license is required. The following table shows that 10 States require family child care (FCC) homes to be licensed if there is just one child in care that is not related to the provider. The remaining 41 States allow some number of children to be in FCC that is not covered by licensing. Most States set the licensing threshold at three or four children. This information was compiled from the regulations posted on the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) Web site in 2014. This study of licensing requirements was conducted as a joint effort between the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI), a previous contract of the Office of Child Care, and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA). (author abstract)
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