Must be at least 18 years old and have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 1 year of experience with children; or an Associate’s degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 2 years of experience with children; or an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 3 years of experience with children.
|Age Range||Ratio For Center-based Care|
|Age of Children||Child: Staff Ratio/ Maximum Group Size|
|6 weeks – 9 months||(4:1) 8|
|18 months||(5:1) 10|
|27 months||(6:1) 12|
|3 years – 5 years||(10:1) 20|
|6 years – 7 years||(12:1) 24|
|8 years – 9 years||(12:1 or 15:1) 24/30|
|10 years and older||(15:1) 30|
|Small Family Child Care Homes|
|Number of Children Allowed:||4-6|
|Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:||6|
|Provider’s Own Children Counted:||Yes, if infants and/or toddlers|
|Max Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:||3 toddlers if 2 infants|
4 toddlers if 1 infant
5 toddlers if no infantsLarge Family Child Care Homes Number of Children Allowed:7-12 (plus 3 school-age children)Ratio of Children to One Provider:See State NotesProvider’s Own Children Counted:Yes
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Child Day Care
Office of Children, Youth and Families
Health and Welfare Building, Room 131
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675
Hotline: 877-4-PA-KIDS (within state)
Web site: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/ChildCareEarlyEd/
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