Childcare too Crowded

Regulations on the legal limit of children in one’s care vary from state to state, so check with your state’s appropriate child services agency.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that there be no more than 3 babies (0 to 24 months) per adult caregiver, and a maximum of 6 children in each group, but exceptions to this rule are widely made for well-run and fully-staffed facilities.

Remember though, the quality of a family childcare setting can be high even with 10 children enrolled, or low with just 2 or 3.

See also ...

•  Finding the right childcare program

•  Benefits of daycare for young kids

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