Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers
100 - CHILD CARE LICENSING
The "Child Care Facility Licensing Act" Ark. Code Ann. §20-78-201-220, as amended, is the statutory authority for licensing child care facilities. This Act created the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and authorized the Division to establish rules and regulations governing the granting, revocation; denial and suspension of licenses for child care facilities and the operation of child care facilities in this state. The Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers are the Division's rules and regulations for Child Care Centers.
The Child Care Facility Licensing Act designates the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education as the administrative agency responsible for administering the Act in accordance with the Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers. The Division is authorized to inspect and investigate any proposed or operating Child Care Centers and any personnel connected with the Center to determine if the facility will be or is being operated in accordance with the Child Care Facility Licensing Act and the Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers.
The licensing requirements contained in this manual apply to group child care. (Refer to the Minimum Licensing Requirements for Day Care Family Homes for the requirements that apply to child care provided in a day care family home.)
The owner should be aware of applicable federal laws which may affect the operation of the facility. Child care programs are among the public accommodations that must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA)
Under federal civil rights laws, a facility may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental handicap, or veteran status.
The Child Care Licensing Unit will notify the applicable federal agency at any time they become aware of or are advised of violations of the federal Civil Rights Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Laws relevant to the operation of child care facilities are available upon request.
The following standards are the minimum licensing requirements which shall be met by persons or organizations which operate a child care facility. In recommending a license be issued, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education works in coordination with the local and state Health departments, Fire Departments and City Planning or Zoning Departments. Persons considering opening or expanding a child care facility shall immediately contact these individual departments for inspection and information on their separate regulations. Clarification or questions shall be directed to the appropriate departments.
This license is not transferable from one holder to another or from one location to another.
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