Classroom Staffing and Ratios
RECP strives to maintain the following ratios throughout the day. All ratios are based on the goal of quality care and exceed Type III licensing standards. Generally, they are in accordance with NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) standards. Ratios are listed teachers:students.
1:3 Infants 6 weeks to 6 months old
1:4 Infants 6 months to 12 months old
1:5 Toddlers 12 months to 18 months
1:4/6 Toddlers 18 months to 24 months
1:6/7 Toddlers 24 months to 36 months
1:9/10 Preschoolers 3 years to 4 years
1:10/11 Preschoolers 4 to 5 years
All Staff Members are required to have 12 hours of continuing education units. We are also required to maintain certifications in Health & Safety Training, CPR and First Aid Annually.
All Staff must meet the requirements for their positions set by the Type III License of the Louisiana Department of Education. These requirements include:
Each staff member must be known in the community to have a good reputation. This means having no previous convictions of any crime of a violent or sexual nature, confirmed by a criminal records check, as well as having at least three work or personal references of good standing.
Each staff member must regularly pass and obtain the required personal health appraisal set by the guidelines of licensing.
Staff Development is required as an ongoing annual process with the following procedures:
A four day supervised orientation of new staff which includes learning our programs policy and procedures, health and safety requirements, as well as job description & performance standards.
A teacher resource room, with internet access, is available for the teachers to create their lesson plans.
Additionally, all staff are required to either have an associates or bachelor's degree; or a Child Development Associate's credential (CDA).