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(a) Except as provided in (f) of this section, a child care home must have
(1) a minimum of one caregiver;
(2) no more than a total of eight children under age 12; and
(3) no more than three children under the age of 30 months; no more than two of these children may be non-ambulatory.
(b) Except as provided in (c) and (f) of this section, a child care group home must have
(1) a minimum of two caregivers;
(2) no more than a total of 12 children under age 12; and
(3) no more than five children under the age of 30 months; no more than four of these children may be non-ambulatory.
(c) A child care group home requires only one caregiver if the
(1) number of children decreases to no more than a total of eight and the requirements of (a) of this section are met; or
(2) caregiver has completed one year of licensed home child care or the equivalent or meets the college credit or CDA credential requirements of 4 AAC 62.200(d) and there are no more than a total of
(A) 10 children, with no children under age of 30 months; or
(B) 12 children who are all school aged.
(d) Except as provided in (e) and (f) of this section, a child care center shall maintain, during all hours of operation, the following child-to-caregiver ratio and the following maximum group size as required by 4 AAC 62.410:
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(e) A child care center may maintain a child-to-caregiver ratio consistent with the age of the majority of the children, when kindergartners and school aged children are in a mixed age group. When infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are in a mixed age group, the child-to-caregiver ratio for the youngest child applies.
(f) For purposes of meeting the child-to-caregiver ratio requirements in (a) - (d) of this section, a child in care, who is age 12 or older, must be counted as a child under age 12 who is school aged.
(g) In this section,
(1) "non-ambulatory" means not physically or mentally capable of achieving mobility to exit a building without the aid of another individual;
(2) "total" means the total number of children in care at any time.
History: Eff. 1/1/96, Register 136; am 3/1/98, Register 145; am 2/8/2002, Register 161; am 10/3/2002, Register 163; am 10/4/2002, Register 163; am 11/9/2002, Register 164
Authority: AS 14.37.020
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