State of Florida Mandated ‘Adult to Child’ Ratios

Early Care and Education Centers

The following table outlines the minimum standards for the care of children in a licensed early care and education facility as established by rule of the department. When children two years of age, and older are in care, the staff-to-children ratio shall be based on the age group with the largest number of children within the group.
 

Adult to Child Ratio
 

State Statue 402.305 (4)
 

1:4
 
For children from birth through 1 year of age, there must be one early care and education personnel for every four children.

1:6
 

For children 1 year of age or older, but under 2 years of age, there must be one early care and education personnel for every six children
 

1:11
 

For children 2 years of age or older, but under 3 years of age, there must be one early care and education personnel for every 11 children
 

1:15
 

For children 3 years of age or older, but under 4 years of age, there must be one early care and education personnel for every 15 children
 

1:20
 

For children 4 years of age or older, but under 5 years of age, there must be one early care and education personnel for every 20 children.
 

1:25
 

For children 5 years of age or older, there must be one early care and education personnel for every 25 children.