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#1 of 9 Old 01-27-2008, 02:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I live in WA state and have been unable to find out the law for what is an acceptable ratio of teachers to children in a preschool that is attended by a mixed group of 3-5 year olds. Does anyone have any ideas or thoughts on this?
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I don't know about WA state but NAEYC's guidelines (not requirements) for that age group are 12 to 18 children with 2 teachers. If the majority of children have already turned 4 then there can be 20 children with 2 teachers.

My son's school had a 18:3 ratio for most of the day at that age which I loved.
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I don't live in WA, but I know where I am there really is no law. That is a disaster. I would say there should be no more than ten students per teacher in primary grades, no more than fifteen for upper elementary, and no more than 20 for upper grades. Yes, that's intensely small, but the kids learn more.
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In playschool there were about 21/22 kids in a class with 2 main teachers, usually each class had at least 1 sometimes 2 TA's to help with specific special needs kids & then there was 1 parent helper most days but they didn't really interact with the kids other than during craft & snack time.
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This link from the Dept of Health and Human Services might help you in terms of finding regulations for your state.

http://www.nccic.org/pubs/cclicensingreq/ratios.html#va

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My 3 year old and 4 year old both go to the same preschool but are in different classes. The policy is as follows: DD's class which is mostly 3 year olds is a 1 teacher/aide for every 6 students. DS's class of mostly 4 year olds is 1 teacher/aide for every 10 students.

DD's class has 18 students and 3 teachers. I think DS's class is 16 with 2 teachers.

From what I've observed that has been a good ratio for both classes, as the 4 year olds are more able to follow directions, etc.
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I am in WA, and my daughter's class is 20:3.

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I don't know what the laws are. My son's preschool class is 4-5 year olds and the ratio is 20:2.

There is a preschool class of 3-4 year olds right next to his and they have an additional teacher in there, so aprox 20:3.

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Where I am the ratio for that age (3-5) is 1:8 in daycare.
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