Georgia State Requirements

Qualifications:
Teachers/Lead Caregivers: Must be at least 18 and have HS diploma or GED or 1 year experience.

Provider/Child Ratio:
Age Range    Ratios For Center Based Care in Georgia State
6 weeks     (1:6) Maximum Group Size 12
9 months     (1:6) Maximum Group Size 12
18 months     (1:8) Maximum Group Size 16
27 months     (1:10) Maximum Group Size 20
3 years    (1:15) Maximum Group Size 30
4 years    (1:18) Maximum Group Size 36
5 years    (1:20) Maximum Group Size 40
6 years    (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
7 years    (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
8-9 years    (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50
10 years or older    (1:25) Maximum Group Size 50

Age Range    Ratios For Family Child Care in Georgia State
Number of Children Allowed:   

3-6 (up to 12 under 13-yrs, if 6 are related to provider, residents, or children for whom no compensation is received)
Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:   

3 under 1-yr;
6 under 3-yrs;
8 under 5-yrs;
Provider's Own Children Counted:    Yes
Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:    3 under 1-yr

Age Range    Ratios For Family Child Care in Georgia State
Number of Children Allowed:    7-18
Ratio of Children to One Provider:    6:1 for under 1 yr and under 18-mos and not walking
8:1 for 1-yr-olds who walk
10:1 for 2-yrs
15:1 for 3-yrs
18:1 for 4-yrs +
Provider's Own Children Counted:    NA
*Georgia: In large (“group”) homes mixed age ratios are determined by the age of youngest child under 3; ratios in groups with children over 3 years of age are determined by the age of the majority of children.

Important Contact Information:
Child Care Licensing Agency
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
10 Park Place South, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 657-5562
Toll Free: (888) 4GA-PREK (888-442-7735)
Fax: (404) 657-8936

Child Care Subsidy Agency
Georgia Department of Human Resources
Division of Family and Children Services
Two Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 21-293
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-3441
Fax: (404) 657-3489

Head Start - State Collaboration Office
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
10 Park Place South, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA, 30303
Phone: (404) 651-5335
Fax: (404) 651-7184

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Nutrition Services Division
10 Park Place South, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 657-1779
Fax: (404) 651-7430

State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
50 Executive Park South, Ste 5015
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 479-4174
Toll Free: (800) 466-5681
Fax: (404) 479-4228

Office of Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Enforcement
Department of Human Resources
P.O. Box 38050
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-0450
Phone: (800) 227-7993
Fax: (404) 657-3326

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