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

 

MASSACHUSETTS Child Care Licensing Requirements

 Child Care license obtained from:

 Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

 51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02210

 https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2017/10/17/606cmr7.pdf

 (617) 988-6600

 License renewal: Provisional license required for first 6 months. Regular license renewal required once every 3 years.

 

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per Child 

  

Infants-15 Mos.

15-33 Mos.

33 Mos.- 5 Years 

5 Years 

6+ Years

Required

Teacher: Child Ratio

1:3

1 Additional educator for 4-7 infants

1:4

1 Additional educator for 5-9 infants 

1:10

1:15

 1:13 

Required

Max. Group Size

7

9

20

30 

26

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

7

9

20

30

26

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

245 sf.

315 sf.

700 sf.

1050 sf.

910 sf.

 Outdoor Space Requirements: 75 sf per Child

  • The play area must be accessible to children with disabilities.
  • If the outdoor play area is located on a roof, it must be protected by a barrier at least 7 feet tall and something children can not climb on.
  • Porches and decks may be used to meet requirements for outdoor play areas.
  • Wading pools must be emptied immediately after used and sanitized between uses and whenever it is contaminated.

 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

2015 International Building Code

 Fire Code Requirements

45

Children must not be regularly transported for periods longer than 45 minutes on way between their home or school and the child care.

65

A minimum temperature in the child care’s must be at least 65 degrees.

5

If a child care serves any child younger then 5 years old, the licensee must provide evidence of a lead point inspection from the local board of health.

NFPA 1, 2015 edition

 Did you know . . .

child care playground The licensee must notify the Department whenever a firearm is brought into the family child care home. child care infant Every child care, not located in a residence, must submit evidence of compliance with applicable fire codes. child care 30 minutes When children are swimming in a swimming pool, an adult must be immediately available who is aware of the pump location and is able to turn the pump off in an event of an emergency.

 To access Massachusetts 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