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Staff-Child Ratios Requirements

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Minimum ratios for centers to meet health and safety requirements.

Child's AgeStaff-to-Child Ratios
Birth to one year 1:5
One to two years 1:6
Two to three years 1:8
Three to four years 1:12
Four to five years 1:17
Five to six years 1:20
Six to twelve years 1:23

Centers in the ABC Quality Program must also meet the ratios shown in the table below for their level.

Level A - Required Criteria

AgeMaximum RatioGroup Size
0-2 years 1:5 10
2-3 years 1:7 14
3-4 years 1:11 22
4-5 years 1:13 26
5-6 years 1:15 30
6-9 years 1:18 36
9-12 years 1:20 40

b

Level B - Required to Receive Points

AgeMaximum RatioGroup Size
0-2 years 1:5 10
2-3 years 1:7 14
3-4 years 1:11 22
4-5 years 1:13 26
5-6 years 1:15 30
6-9 years 1:18 36
9-12 years 1:20 40

c

Level C Minimum Requirements - No Points Awarded

AgeMaximum RatioGroup Size
0-1 years 1:5 N/A
1-2 years 1:6 N/A
2-3 years 1:8 N/A
3-4 years 1:12 N/A
4-5 years 1:17 N/A
5-6 years 1:20 N/A
6-12 years 1:23 N/A

 

See ABC Levels A, B, and C Applications and Standards