Children Home Alone - Decide When to Leave Them Home: "According to the National Child Care Information Center, only Maryland and Illinois have specific laws stipulating the age at which a child can be left home alone.
However, the National SAFEKIDS Campaign recommends that no child under the age of 12 be left home alone.
When you're ready to leave your child home alone for the first time, be sure to:
Consider your child's age and maturity level. For example, if your child tends to be impulsive, you should wait until he or she is older than 12. Take our online quiz "Is My Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?" for help determining your child's level of maturity and independence."