Childcare too Crowded

Q: “My childcare provider seems to have too many children in her care. What is the legal limit?”

A: Regulations 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 (0-24 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.

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