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

KENTUCKY Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

Kentucky Office of Inspector General, Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Division of Regulated Child Care

275 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40621

(502) 564-7962

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/922/002/120.pdf

License renewal is required every year.

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per child

  

Infants

Toddlers

2-3

Years

3-4

Years

4-5

Years

5-7

Years

7+

Years

Required

Teacher:Child Ratio

1:5

1:6

1:10

1:12

1:14

1:15

1:20

Required

Max. Group Size

10

12

20

24

28

30

30

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

10

12

20

24

28

30

30

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

350 sf.

420 sf.

700 sf.

840 sf.

980 sf.

1050 sf.

1050 sf.

Outdoor Space Requirements: 60 sf per child

  • Fences shall be constructed of safe material and be stable and in good condition.
  • Play areas and equipment shall be inspected quarterly by the administrator.
  • Access to restroom facilities and drinking water is required during play times.
  • Infant and Toddler Play equipment must be manufactured for commercial use and not be used for sleeping or napping.

Building Code Requirements

child care toilet child care adult toilet child care drinking fountain child care mop sink child care bathtub

CHILD

FIXTURES

ADULT

FIXTURES

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

MOP

SINK

BATH TUB/

SHOWER

1:​15

1:50

1:100

1

1

2017 Kentucky Building Code

Fire Code Requirements

21

A toddler is defined as a child that is 21 months or older.

0

Frozen food shall be stored at zero degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

12

Sleeping cots and napping furniture shall be spaced 12 inches apart to allow free and safe movement.

2012 International Fire Code

Did you know . . .

child care tornado A child care center shall bave a written evacuation plan in the event of a fire or natural disaster. child care hand wash Children are to wash their hands within thirty minutes of arriving to the center, before and after handling food, and after toileting, diaper changing, or handling animals.. child care music A daily planned program that offers a variety of creative activities including art, music, drama, stories, science, and blocks is required.

To access Kentucky 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