Office of State Fire Marshal

General Requirements for Group Day Care Home

Day Care facilities are divided into three general groups according to the number of children or adults which are cared for at one given time. The minimum requirements are different for all three categories of day care.

  • Day care centers- offering care to more than 12 children or adults
  • Group day care homes- offering care to from 7 to 12 children or adults
  • Day care home- offering care to 6 or fewer children or adults

The Department of Public Safety elected many years ago to adopt a nationally recognized set of standards for childcare facilities. The National Fire Protection Association produces the code which was selected. Many requirements found in the fire code have alternative remedies or systems of protection that may lessen the burden on developing a childcare facility.