Starting a Family Day Care

Do You Have the Space?

Child-care licensing agencies often require a minimum of 35 square feet per child, as well as a safe outdoor space with age-appropriate toys and equipment. Many states require outdoor play as part of a child-care program.

You'll also need to meet safety requirements such as providing fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.

Even if you have the right amount of square footage and the safest house around, keep in mind that it's difficult to confine kids to one area of the house. Your house may be overrun with toys and gear if you're not able to keep a separate space for the day care. And if you're already cramped for space, adding more toys and supplies to your home may simply be impossible.

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