The last two years I have had one of the largest age group of the center. This year, may prove to be different, which will be nice for a break. Of course First day of school isn't until August 21, so there is plenty of time for those last minute registrations. So.. to get to my question... How large was your largest class and how many teachers were in that room? What is your state ratio of teachers to children? What is a typical size class for you center?

I worked in a school in South Carolina with 20 children and 2 teachers for the four year old class. State ratio i believe is 10 to 1. I was the only preschool class there, but the school I worked at before had an average of 16 for 2 teachers. They were both private centers, though the first one was publicly funded, so i think that's why it had a larger number.

Wow! I know that the ratio here for 3's is 15 to 1! But we usually always try to have 2 teachers per room for the safety of the kids, and the teachers of course. I think our 4's have it at 20 to 1, but again, we use 2 per room ~ in most case senarios.

Do you mean you would have 2 teachers with the 20 kids, or 2 teachers with 40 kids? My eyes about popped out of my head when I read that!

In my classroom, we have a cap of 8 students and two adults. I have a special education preschool classroom.

That is the "state ratio" but not the schools. We always have 2 in a room when there is over 6 kids, depending on the ages of course. In a class of 25 or so we would have 3 teachers.

24 with an aide 21 without an aide Next year, 18, just me!! OOOOOPPS- sorry- just realized I'm in PreK forum. I'm talking 2nd grade class size.

Our state ratio for a 3yr old preschool class is 11:1. We have an average of 14-20 kids (This number will go up when school starts back.) with 2 teachers.

Ours is 8:1 with a 15 student cap. Plus our school has 4 floaters. One of them can come in as needed to help out with tough transitions, if I need to spend one-on-one time with a student, or as an extra set of hands during a particularly messy or high supervision center. (That's one of the best things about our school, I think!)

I would love that 8 to 1 with a 15 cap! I had a small class my first year teaching UNTIL we combined two 3's classes into one! Many times I had all 8 alone and that was nice. They were great kids!

Because those 3 extra kids make that much of a difference once you already have 21 hey? Some of those guidelines like these don't make much sense to me.

I think they should make state reps spend a day in the classroom ALONE with a difficult class full of boys! Maybe then th ey would get it!

The three do make a difference ....When your numbers are up around 20 or so each additional kid is not really +1....the added energy, dynamic becomes an exponential!!!!

In our Head Start Program, we have 17 kiddos with an Instructor, an Asistant Instructor, and on occasion, a Early Intervention Teacher, an Early Intervention Teaching Assistant or a Foster Grandparent. Usually, though it is just 17 kids with 2 adults,

We max out at 29. In another district, I've had as many as 42 and as few as 16 which was scary because I could've been shut down due to low enrollment.

1st yr Pre School Teacher I work in a Catholic School and we only have 6 as of right now, I hope for at least 12 come the first day of school.

I taught in SC public schools for awhile, where I taught 25 in one class (6th grade). I'm not sure what state ratios are. I currently teach private 4K, where we have 12 students to one teacher.