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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


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301 - Staff/Child Ratio

  1. A licensee shall not have more children in care at any one time than the maximum specified on the license.

  1. The following Staff Child Ratios shall be maintained:

a. Ages 2 1/2 through 3 years -1 worker per 12 children

b. 4 years -1 worker per 15 children

c. 5 years to kindergarten -1 worker per 18 children

d. Kindergarten and above -1 worker per 20 children

  1. When a total of eight (8) or fewer children are in care, age groups may be mixed according to the following ratios:

# STAFF # CHILDREN AGES
1 6 No more than 3 under age of 2 years
1 7 No more than 2 under age of 2 years
1 8 No more than 1 under age of 2 years

  1. In a group containing children of different ages, the staff/child ratio shall meet the requirements for the youngest child in the group.

  1. During lunch or outdoor play activities, if children of different age groups are together, the staff child ratio for the respective age groups shall be maintained.

6 At no time shall children be left unsupervised or unattended. The child care center shall provide additional staff for any temporary absence of primary child caring staff for activities such as breaks, meal preparation, transportation, etc.

  1. Additional staff provisions shall be made for enrollment of children with disabilities who require individual attention.

  1. During nap time for children age 2 1/2 and above, a minimum of 50% of the staff shall remain with the children, with a total of 75% of the staff remaining in the building.


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