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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

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Child Care Centers shall maintain compliance with the licensing requirements at all times. To be in substantial compliance, the Child Care Center shall meet all essential standards necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the children attending the Child Care Center. Essential standards include but are not limited to those relating to issues involving fire, health, safety, nutrition, discipline, staff/child ratio and space. Failure to comply with any of the licensing requirements for Child Care Centers may result in the following adverse action:

a. Denial of an application for a license or for church exempt status;

b. Revocation or suspension of a license or church exempt status;

c. Issuance of a provisional license or church exempt status;

d. Imposition of penalties.

The following factors may be considered when determining the appropriate adverse action:

a. Severity of the deficiency cited;

b. Number of violations cited;

c. Frequency of violations cited;

d. Past history of compliance; and

e. Willingness/ability to correct violations.

Each Child Care Center shall be reviewed by the Child Care Licensing unit to determine whether the facility is in compliance with all the Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers. Child Care Licensing staff shall have access to Child Care Centers for the purpose of conducting inspections, reviews, and complaint investigations. Denial of access to the facility or to children may result in any of the adverse action described above. A caregiver shall not use profanity or speak in an abusive manner when children are present. The caregiver shall also cooperate with licensing staff during licensing visits.

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