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The information provided on this page is a basic outline of Georgia Child Care requirements that pertain to the design and construction of Child Care Facilities in the State of Georgia. 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.

GEORGIA Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, 754 East Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334

http://decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/CCLCRulesandRegulations.pdf

(404) 656-5957

License renewal is required every year.

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per child

  

0-18 Mos.

(not walking)

12-18 Mos.

18-24 Mos.

2 Years

3 Years

4 Years

5 Years

6+ Years

Required

Teacher: Child Ratio

1:6

1:8

1:8

1:10

1:15

1:18

1:20

1:25

Required

Max. Group Size

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

None

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

12

16

16

20

30

36

40

50

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

420 sf.

560 sf.

560 sf.

700 sf.

1050 sf.

1260 sf.

1400 sf.

1750 sf.

Outdoor Space Requirements: 100 sf per child 

  • The play area must be enclosed by a 4′ high fence or wall.
  • Play areas serving children under 2 years old are not required to comply.
  • Accessible play equipment is required to have an ADA path to all entry and exit points.
  • A Splash Pad is required to have an ADA path to all entry and exit points.

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

10

Occupants allowed in a room with room with only one exit.

20

Percentage of wall mounted artwork allowed to cover the wall area

0

Number of child cubbies allowed in a corridor of a non-sprinklered building.

2012 International Fire Code

Did you know . . .

child care separate ages When children under 3 years old are together in one room, the ratio is based on the age of the youngest child present. child care separate ages When children 3 and older are together in one room, the ratio is based on the age of the majority of the children in the group. child care infant Diaper changing tables must be within arm’s reach of the diapering sink.

To access Georgia 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