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Child Care Rules, Law, and Public Information

Child Care Rules, Law, and Public Information

Periodic Review of Existing Rules for Subsidized Child Care Rules

The Social Services Commission has completed its review and readoption of the Subsidized Child Care rules located in 10A NCAC 10. The effective date of the rules is March 1, 2019.


Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules - Updated February 2019

The Child Care Commission has completed its review and readoption of all of the Child Care Licensing rules located in 10A NCAC 09.  The rules became effective as follows:

  • Child Care Centers, Definitions, Family Child Care Homes, and Special Programs - October 1, 2017;
  • Criminal Background Checks - January 1, 2019;
  • Administrative Actions and Civil Penalties - February 1, 2019; and
  • Minimum Standards and Rated License - March 1, 2019.


Additional information regarding the Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules can be found at


North Carolina Child Care Rules and Law


Public Notices


DRAFT    NC CCDF Plan 2025-2027    

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How to Contact the Child Care Commission

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Notice of Public Hearing on the North Carolina Child Care and Development Fund Plan

Proposed Rule Amendments 10A NCAC 09 .0713 Staff/Child Ratios for Centers

This rule establishes allowable staff/child ratios and capacity for child care centers. Proposed amendments to this rule align ratios and capacity for centers located in a residence with those already allowed in nonresidential child care centers for children ages 3 years and older. Specifically, proposed staff/child ratios for centers located in a residence are increased from 1/12 to 1/15 for children ages three and older. This aligns with existing staff/child ratios for child care centers who do not operate in a residential setting. This change applies only to centers located in a residence that have a licensed capacity of 13 to 15 children.


10A NCAC 09 .0713 Proposed Amendment

OSBM Approved Fiscal Analysis

Proposed Effective Date:  November 1, 2024

Public Hearing:
Date: July 16, 2024
Time:  11:30 a.m.
Location: By WebEx

Comments may be submitted to: 

Julie Peck, DCDEE Rulemaking Coordinator

2201 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-2201

[email protected]


Comment period ends:  August 30, 2024

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