Choosing Child Care

The Yale University Child Care Directory provides detailed information about licensed child care centers in Greater New Haven.

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A licensed day care center may provide care for more than 12 children. If there are children under three years of age, the center must have a weekly health consultant visit. Ratios of care providers to children are:

  • Infants and toddlers (6 weeks-35 months)
    1:4 (group size maximum 8)
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years)
    1:10 (maximum group size 20)
  • School age 1:20

Group Home

A licensed group home may provide care for seven to twelve related or unrelated children outside of their own homes.


A licensed family day care provider can care for a maximum of 6 children, including the provider’s own children not in school full-time., in the provider’s own home. Children of school age (not including the provider’s own) who receive 3 or more hours of care before or after school are included in the ratio. Maximum of 2 children under age 2.

Nannies, Au-Pairs, and Babysitters

This type of arrangement can be live-in or live-out.  

The Yale flexible benefits plan permits you to save money by reducing your taxable salary to cover qualifying child/dependent care expenses.

How it works

Salary reductions designated for child/dependent care or medical/dental expenses accumulate in a reimbursement account on your behalf pending submission of claims for reimbursable expenses. (An individual cannot lump his or her reduction to correspond to a particular part of the year. Instead, the annual reduction is divided into equal periodic payroll reductions throughout the year.) Expenses are reimbursed until the cumulative total equals the annual amount designated. Learn more about flexible benefits.

Parents can contact the Connecticut Division of Licensing through the Office of Early Childhood for information on regulations and to check on complaint history of licensed child care providers: 1-800-282-6063.

Yale employees have access to resources and referrals for learning about child care options through Yale’s Counseling and Support Services. Experts are available on a wide range of issues, including financial and estate planning, support groups, and more, throughout the United States.

There are seven child care programs affiliated with the university. The programs vary in size; eligibility is determined by university affiliation, ages of children served, calendar, hours of operation, and program philosophy.