March 9, 2021

Updated Pennsylvania Child Care Regulation Information

Regulations for child care centers, group child care homes, and family child care homes in Pennsylvania were updated in the Pennsylvania Code to reflect December 2020 changes.


Updated regulations for child care centers in Pennsylvania are now available on the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) website. The webpage includes a list of regulations that pertain to the operation of a child care facility, a description of the regulation, and a link to the full regulation copy. The resource addresses the following topics:

    • Licensure of Approval of Facilities and Agencies
    • Child Care Centers
    • Group Child Care Homes
    • Family Child Care Homes
    • What to Expect During an Inspection
    • OCDEL Program Self-Assessment Checklists that Support Compliance
    • Certification Inspection Instrument (CII)
    • Needed Documents and Child Care Forms

More Information

To view the full list and access the resources listed above, visit the PA DHS website.

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