There are two types of family child care providers: level I and level II.

Level I Provider:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited high school; and
  • Complete 12 hours of training within the first year of being licensed.

Level II Provider:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited high school and have either: 24 months of experience working with children in a group setting; or 3 months of supervised student teaching with children in a group setting; or 24 months providing child care as a licensed level I family child care home with no substantiated complaints or substantial noncompliance
    and have either:
  • 60 clock hours of training with a minimum of 3 clock hours in each of the core topic areas (see list below); or 3 college/university credits in courses related to any of the core topic areas; or qualified as at least an early childhood assistant teacher as per DELACARE: Rules for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers (2007).

Core Topic Areas: child development, educational activities for children, positive behavior management, health, safety, nutrition, families, and professionalism/business practices/administration