Question:

What is the adult to child ratio?

Answer:

Child to Adult Ratios:
Another key component to protect the health and safety of children and to promote good development is to have appropriate numbers of  adults providing care for the appropriate number of children based on the child's age.  Infants and toddlers require more direct care from providers and therefore have a higher adult provider to child ratio permitted.

Day Care Centers
Ratio of Staff/Child in Day Care Centers

 

Age of Children

Staff/Child Ratio

Maximum Group Size

Under 6 weeks

1:3

6 infants

6 weeks to 18 months

1:4

8 infants

18 months to 36 months

1:5

12 children

3 years

1:7

18 children

4 years

1:8

21 children

5 years

1:9

24 children

6 years through 9 years

1:10

20 children

10 years through 12 years

1:15

30 children

 Family Child Care

  • One adult caring for 7 to 8 children in the registered providers home
  • Any child living in the home must be included in the program numbers until they are kindergarten age

If infants under 2 years are present:

If there are no children under 2 years present:

Up to 2 children under 2 years PLUS

6 children between 2 and 5 years PLUS

4 children between 2 and 5 years PLUS

2 children kindergarten age and up

2 children kindergarten age and up

 

Total of 7 children

Total of 8 children

Group Family Child Care

  • Two adult caregivers caring for 12 to 16 children in the licensed providers home
  • Any child living in the home must be included in the program numbers until they are kindergarten age
  • Children kindergarten age can take the place of younger children

 

If infants under 2 years are present:

If there are no children under 2 years present:

Up to 4 children under 2 years PLUS

12 children between 2 and 5 years PLUS

8 children between 2 and 5 years PLUS

4 children kindergarten age and up

4 children kindergarten age and up

 

Total of 16 children

Total of 16 children

School Age Child Care

Ratio of Staff/Children in School Age Programs                                      

Age of Children

Staff/Child Ratio

Maximum Group Size

Up to age 9 years

1:10

20 children

10 to 12 years

1:15

30 children