Supervision Guidelines

When is it okay to leave a child home alone? There are guidelines here in Northern Virginia to help parents. Remember, it’s all about keeping children safe.

> “Home Alone: When Is it Okay?” Fact Sheet in English
> “¿Cuando está bien dejar a un niño solo en casa?” Fact Sheet in Spanish
> Listen to the Parenting Today radio show on Supervision Guidelines

Each jurisdiction in Northern Virginia provides different age guidelines. In our area, most require that a child be between 8 and 10 years old before a parent even consider leaving them alone. Find your city or county below for specific age suggestions and additional resources:

Alexandria: 703-838-0800
Read Alexandria guidelines here

Arlington: 703-228-1500
Read Arlington guidelines here

Fairfax: 703-324-7400
Read Fairfax guidelines here

Loudoun: 703-771-5437
Read Loudoun guidelines here

Greater Prince William: 703-792-7500
Read Prince William guidelines here