Head –13 – 24 children: Must be at least 21 with a high school diploma or equivalent and have 12 mos. employment in licensed child day care facility for 13 or more children; or 12 mos. experience as an operator of a program for 3 – 12 children (including as a family day care provider) and have 6 hours training in child care or early childhood education topics; or have 1 year (30 credit hours) college courses including 6 hours in field closely related to caring for children and 6 mos. experience or CDA.
Group Leader: Must be at least 18 and have a CDA; or 6 mos. working experience with a group of 13 or more children; or have 1 year (30 credits) college work in a child related field
|Age Range||Ratio For Center-based Care|
|2 ½ – 3 years||(1:8)|
|3 – 6 years||(1:10)|
|Mixed age group||ratio for youngest child in group|
|Age Range||Ratio For Family Child Care|
|A licensed provider may care for: a) 4 children under 2, ORb) 8 children over 2, plus 2 school age children, ORc) 12 all school age children, ORd) mixed ages – no more than 3 under age 2 with maximum of 6 plus 2 school age children[all ratios must include those children related to the caregiver]|
Child Care Licensing
Community Services Center
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
11 State House Station, 221 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Web Site: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/
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