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

OKLAHOMA Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

Oklahoma Department of Human Services Early Childhood Services  

Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0352

http://www.okdhs.org/OKDHS%20Publication%20Library/14-05.pdf

(405) 521-3561

License renewal is not required.

Indoor Space Requirements: 40 sf per child

 

0-12 Mos.

12- 23 Mos. 

2 Years

3 Years 

4-5 Years

6+ Years 

Required

Teacher: Child Ratio

1:4

1:6

1:8

1:12

1:15

1:20

Required

Max. Group Size

8

12

16

24

30

40

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

8

12

16

24

30

40

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

320 sf.

480 sf.

640 sf.

960 sf.

1200 sf.

1600 sf.

Outdoor Space Requirements: 75 sf per child

  • Gates to the outside play area is kept closed while the children are outside.
  • Outdoor space is surrounded by a fence at least 4 feet high and has at least one emergency exit.
  • The fence; begins at ground level, is at least 48 inches high and is maintained in stable, secure, uprights and good conditions.
  • Playspace is situated to; permit children to reach safely, provide a shaded area during scheduled outdoor playtimes, and allow supervision of areas where children cannot be easily seen.

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

3

Rooms where 3 years old’s are have an operable sink with hot and cold water, soap, and individual use towels.

0.06

A Paint that contains lead more than 0.06% is not used on the surfaces where the children have activities.

2

I Barriers on porches, elevated walkways, and elevated play areas have to be more than 2 feet tall.

2015 International Fire Code

Did you know . . .

Children are not given bottles in cribs or moving swings due to increased risk of choking ear infections, and tooth decay.

Child care window blinds

Ongoing approvals by fire and health are required every two years.

child care design no smoking

Children under two are not allowed to be given candies, gum, marshmallows, raw carrots, raw peas, whole grapes, nuts, seeds, popcorn, or chips as these my cause choking.

To access Oklahoma 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