Home Alone Rules by State
Many parents are faced with the dilemma of whether or not they should leave their child home alone, especially during after-school hours. Before you consider leaving your child without supervision, be sure they are reasonably mature, able to take care of themselves, and completely prepared for emergency situations. Set ground rules, review basic safety guidelines, and establish routines that are designed to keep your child healthy and safe. Our iMom printable with 10 Home Alone Rules is a good start.
The following table lists the minimum age at which children may be left at home alone, categorized by state within the U.S. Please note that city and county ordinances within each state may have more definitive and restrictive laws. Call your State DHS or local child welfare agency to learn about age guidelines in your area.
Some information taken with permission from http://www.latchkey-kids.com.
*Age listed is the recommended minimum age a child may be left home alone in lieu of a legally specified age minimum.
**City of Albuquerque Ordinance states that children under the age of 11 may not be left home alone.