Exceeding requirements

Recently, I learned that our daycare center is even better than I had realized.

The NY State Department of Health says that a center only needs 30 square feet per child (have they never seen a running two-year-old?), down from a previous level of 35 square feet in 2007. Our center has 50 square feet per child, not including enclosed outdoor space.

The DOH says that 5-, 4-, and 3-year-old classrooms can have up to 25 kids and only need 2 teachers. (Are there any parents on the boards making these regulations?) Our center has 12-15 kids in the older classes and 10-12 in the 3-year-old class, with two and sometimes three teachers in each.

And this is just the physical space in our center. We have a good one. I wish all children had one as good as ours.


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