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Level II Family Child Care Home

88. A Caregiver who is licensed before the effective date of these requirements shall have two (2) calendar years from the effective date to meet the qualifications for a Level II Child Care Home. A caregiver licensed after these requirements become effective shall meet the qualifications of these requirements for a Level II Child Care Home.

89. To qualify as a Level II Family Child Care Home a Caregiver shall have met one of the following criteria:

A. Licensed at Level I for twenty-four (24) months with no substantiated complaints or substantial noncompliance and completion of forty (40) clock hours of Department approved training; or

B. Have twenty-four (24) months of experience providing care for children preschool age or younger in a group setting and completed forty (40) clock hours of Department approved training; or

C. Have twenty-four (24) months of experience providing care for children preschool age or younger in a group setting and hold a Certificate of Completion from a vocational or technical high school child care program.

D. Hold NAFDC (National Association of Family Day Care) accreditation with no substantiated complaints or substantial noncompliance and completed twenty (20) clock hours of Department approved training or equivalent course work; or

E. Hold a CDA (Child Development Associate) credential with no substantiated complaints or substantial noncompliance;or

F. Hold a certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree in early childhood development and education.

G. Credentials awarded more than seven (7) years prior to the date of application shall be reviewed carefully unless the current and primary occupation of the applicant is in a field related to early care and education.

H. Documentation of one of the above must be submitted to and approved by the Office of Child Care Licensing, and a Level II license issued prior increasing the number of children in the Family Child Care Home.

90. A Level II Family Child Care Home may be licensed for one of the following:

A. Licensed to care for six (6) children, of whom no more than four (4) shall be under the age of two (2) years, with no more than two (2) children under the age of twelve (12) months. Before/after school care for no more than two (2) additional children of school age may be provided for no more than a total of six (6) hours per day.

B. Licensed to care for six (6) children, of whom no more than three (3) shall be under the age of two (2) years, with no more than two (2) children under the age of twelve (12) months. Before/after school care for no more than three (3) additional children of school age may be provided for no more than a total of six (6) hours per day.

C. Licensed to care for five (5) children, of whom no more than four (4) shall be under the age of two (2), with no more than three (3) children under the age of twelve (12) months with no before/after school care; or licensed to care for four (4) children under the age of two (2), with no more than three (3) children under the age of twelve (12) months, and care to be provided for no more than two (2) school-aged children for no more than a total of six (6) hours per day.

D. Appendix, Level II Ratios, provides a list of the possible variations of children by age groups permitted in each option of this requirement.

91. A caregiver who is licensed before the effective date of these requirements shall have two (2) calendar years from the effective date to meet these infant and toddler ratios.

92. Full-day care may be provided to school-aged children on school closing days and school vacations.

A. During winter vacation, spring vacation and summer vacation, the number of school-aged children must be no more than the number permitted under the current child care home license as described in Requirements 81, 82 and 85.

B. During these vacation periods, the Caregiver is permitted to use a helper to assist with child care under the direct supervision of the Caregiver or substitute caregiver.

93. If a Family Child Care Home is not licensed to provide before and after school care, the Family Child Care Home may provide care for two additional children for a maximum of two hours per day. At no time may the number of children younger than two years of age exceed the infant/toddler capacity. The Caregiver shall notify the Department in writing of the specific children and times involved in the change of shift situation.

 

 

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