This advice comes from the state Department of Social and Health Services:
There is no federal or Washington state law regarding the age when children may stay home alone or baby-sit. Parents need to take into consideration the skills and maturity of the child. Some children mature sooner than other children.
Like many other aspects of parenting, there are no hard and fast answers about what to do. Most important of all is to know your child and to be clear about what his/her capabilities are.
When parents decide that a child is able to stay home alone or …