Types of Licensed Child Care
Child Care Center
This is a group child care setting for infants, toddler and preschoolers. Programs group the children by age, with class sizes and child/teacher ratios determined by state regulations. Child care centers are typically open all year and may offer part-day or part-week schedules in addition to full time care.
Preschool (Also known as Nursery School)
Preschool programs offer only part time sessions (part-week, part-day or both) usually for children 2 years, 9 months to kindergarten age. Generally these programs run on a school year schedule, are closed during school vacations and holidays, and may or may not offer a summer session.
School Age Child Care
A group setting in which care is provided for children Kindergarten age and up, before and/or after school and possibly during school vacations. These programs may be operated by public or private schools, or by community or private agencies. The child/teacher ratio is 13:1.
For Child Care Centers, Preschool and School Age programs the following applies:
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Other types of care that are not licensed by the state include care by an adult in the child s home, care provided by a relative in the relative s home, and programs run by public or private schools. Summer camps are licensed by the Board of Health in each individual city or town.