There are several types of child care that may be available to you. Each type has advantages, depending on what you want for your child. The two main types of licensed care are child care centers and family child care homes. As you learn about the different types, you may get a feel for what would be most comfortable for your child and for the rest of the family.
TYPES OF CHILD CARE
Child Care Center
A facility which provides care for eight or more children and operates for more than 30 hours per week. Must be licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).
Family Child Care Home
A residential home where care is provided for seven or fewer children for the 24-hour day. Family child care homes must be licensed through DHS.
Large Family Child Care Home
A residential home where care is provided for no more than 12 children part of the 24-hour day. Ratios apply for ages of children and in most cases an assistant is required. Family child care homes must be licensed through DHS.
A facility which provides care for 8 or more children which operates for less than 30 hours per week; if operating for more than 15 hours per week the program must be licensed through DHS.
Care for children usually on a temporary basis, for part of the day and part of the week. (ex. Mother's Day Out, support groups for parents or drop-in centers).
Programs that offer full or half-day summer activities.
Care in the child's home by a certified nanny. A nanny may or may not live within the home. Rainbow Fleet Resource and Referral can refer you to the nanny placement agencies.