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The information provided on this page is a basic outline of Connecticut Child Care requirements that pertain to the design and construction of Child Care Facilities in the State of Connecticut. This information is a brief synopsis and does not include all of the detailed requirements needed to satisfy the governing authorities for Child Care Licensing, Building Code, Fire Code, Accessibility, or local Zoning. These guidelines are for general information and planning purposes. Contact the governing authority directly or engage a Licensed Architect to complete a full analysis of your school location.

CONNECTICUT Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

MCT Department of Public Health 

410 Capitol Avenue Mail Station 12 DAC, P.O. Box 340308, Hartford, CT 06134-0308

http://www.ct.gov/oec/lib/oec/licensing/childcare/centers_statsregs.pdf

(860) 509-8045

License renewal is required once every four years.

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per child

  

< 18 Mos.

18 –27 Mos.

27 Mos.-3 Years

4Years

5 + Years 

Required

Teacher: Child Ratio

1:4

1:4

1:4

1:10

 1:10

Required

Max. Group Size

None

None

None

None 

None

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

8

8

20

20

20

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

280 sf.

280 sf.

700 sf.

700 sf.

700 sf.

Outdoor Space Requirements: 60 sf per Child

  • Fences used to protect children from hazards must be at least 4 feet in height.
  • Where swings, seesaws, or climbing apparatus are used, the surface must be protected with a minimum of 8 inches of impact absorbing materials.
  • Outside equipment must be anchored for stability. Anchors must be below ground level.

Building Code Requirements

child care child toilet child care adult toilet child care drinking fountain child care mop sink child care bath tub

CHILD

FIXTURES

ADULT

FIXTURES

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

MOP

SINK

BATH TUB/

SHOWER

1: 15

1:50

1:100

1

1

2012 International Building Code

Fire Code Requirements

5

If the children are at the child care for more then 5 hours, either snacks or meals will be provided.

60

A designated headteacher must be on site for 60% of the time the child care is in operation on a weekly basis.

50

Each child care should have at least 50-foot candles of lights per sf.

2016 Connecticut Fire Safety Code

Did you know . . .

child care playground All windows that open to the outside and are used for ventilation must be equipped with 16 mesh screening and must be protected to prevent falls. child care infant Cots, cribs, and playpens must be placed so that walkways are clear for emergencies and evacuation. child care 30 minutes All staff that is responsible for administering the medications needs to be trained by a physician, or nurse.

To access Connecticut Child Care requirements along with other states please see our interactive Child Care Requirements US map here.

Research completed by Calbert Design Group, LLC.  Updated 2019