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.

Family Childcare Home

The following table outlines the different combinations that ONE family child care provider may care for at one time. A provider can meet only one category (a, b, c or d) at a time. However, he/she is not limited to one category on the Registration/license and may change to a different category at various times throughout the day or week. Also, providers own children are included in the count (0-12yrs)

Large Family Childcare Home

The following table outlines the different combinations that TWO family child care providers may care for at one time. This home can only meet one category (a. or b) at a time. However, he/she is not limited to one category on the Registration/license and may change to a different category at various times throughout the day or week. Both of the providers own children are included in the count (0-12yrs).
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