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  • Types of Childcare in Oregon

    Licensed Care - All licensed providers have training hour requirements based on type of licensing

    Registered Family Childcare Home

    • Located in residence of provider. Applies to only one provider at that address.
    • Maximum of 10 children allowed in care at any time including provider’s own under 13.
    • Certain age restrictions and ratios apply.
    • Health and safety inspection prior to licensing & every two years at renewal.
    • All residents and regular visitors over 18-years old must enroll on Central Background Registry.


    Certified Family Childcare Home

    • Located in building built as single family residence, may not be provider’s residence. Provider may hire assistance which may affect age and number of children and ratios allowed.
    • Maximum of 16 children depending on staff and space.
    • Fire, sanitation, and Childcare Division inspections. License must be renewed yearly. All over 18 with access to children must enroll on Central Background Registry.


    Certified Childcare Center

    • Located in facility meeting zoning requirements as business.
    • Numbers of allowable children depends on space, staffing & other factors.
    • Initial and yearly inspection by Childcare Division, Sanitarian, Fire Marshal.
    • License renewed yearly.


    Unlicensed Exempt Care

    • Three or fewer childcare children at any time unless ALL children from same family.
    • Care by parent or guardian.
    • Occasional care by someone who does not usually do regular childcare.
    • Educational preschools for children 3-5 years and less than 4 hours a day.
    • Facilities providing activities such as drama, music, or dancing.
    • Clubs or hobby groups offering short term activities or sporting events.
    • Governmental agencies operating childcare.
    • For further information about types of childcare, check out Oregon regulations.