Families who choose a child care center usually feel that more staff, space and equipment provide a better learning environment and more secure environment for their child. Centers are usually located in commercial district settings. Many child care programs have children grouped according to ages so that activities can be designed to meet the developmental needs of that specific age group.
Licensed child care centers are regulated by the Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers, PUB-002. The child care center must meet all essential standards necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the children. Essential standards include but are not limited to those relating to issues involving fire, health, safety, nutrition, discipline, staff/child ratio and space. Licensed facilities are inspected one to three times annually, depending on the type of program. These visits are unannounced. Additional visits may be made if a concern is noted.