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

LOUISIANA Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

Department of Social Services Bureau of Licensing 

P.O. Box 3078 Baton Rouge, LA 70821 

 https://www.louisianabelieves.com/early-childhood/child-care-and-development-fund-licensing

(225) 342-9905

License renewal is required every year.

 

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per child

  

< 1 Year 

1Year

2Years

3Years

4Years

5 Years

6+ Years 

Required

Teacher:Child Ratio

1:5

1:7

1:11

1:13

1:15

1:19

1:23

Required

Max. Group Size

15

21

22

26

30

38

46

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

10

14

22

26

30

38

46

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

350 sf.

490 sf.

770 sf.

910 sf.

1050 sf.

1330 sf.

1610 sf.

 

Outdoor Space Requirements: 75 sf per child

  • The minimum outdoor play space will be at least one-third of the licensed capacity.
  • Outdoor play space shall be available through a direct exit from the center into the outdoor play area.
  • Children are not allowed to center or exit the kitchen.

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

2012 International Building Code (IBC) 

 Fire Code Requirements 

12

A director should have a bachelor’s degree or at least 12 credit hours of child development of early childhood education.

24

 A completed state central registry disclosure from abuse or neglect within 24 hours.

501(c)

Type 1 license states that if a child care is owned in a church or religious it can be qualified as a tax-exempt organization.

2015 Edition of the NFPA 101 Life and Safety Code

 Did you know . . .

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 To access Louisiana 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