Office of Child Care Licensing
A PARENT'S GUIDE TO CHILD CARE
This parent guide introduces you to certified and licensed child care in Arizona. It is intended to familiarize you with the rules and regulations that govern certified and licensed child care. It also provides information about the Department of Health Services, Office of Child Care Licensing's role and responsibilities in the child care industry. Also, there is a section that answers the most often asked questions. Any additional information about licensed child care not addressed in this booklet may be obtained by contacting the Office of Child Care Licensing.
"To ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in child care centers and child care homes throughout Arizona by establishing appropriate rules, monitoring for compliance, offering technical assistance and training to caregivers, and providing consumer education."
The Office of Child Care Licensing accomplishes its mission by:
developing minimum standards for child care providers;
protecting children in child care settings
ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements;
providing technical assistance and training to providers and consumers.,
taking enforcement actions necessary to ensure compliance with standards as set forth
by the state of Arizona
STAFF TO CHILD RATIOS
Child Care Centers Infants
Five-Year-Olds & School-Age
In child care centers, when children of different age groups are mixed, the ratios apply to the youngest child in the group. Infants cannot be mixed with older children unless there are less than six children in the center. Infants and one-year-old children may not be mixed with school-age children. Child care personnel are required to directly supervise children at all times.
Child Care Homes All ages
In child care homes, the ratio needs to be maintained at one caregiver for every five children. The provider's and caregiver's own children are included in the ratio. A provider may care for up to ten children for compensation, plus an additional five children for whom there is no compensation, for a total of 15 children maximum.