Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers
DEFINITION OF TERMS
- "Assistant Caregiver" means a person, working under the
observation and supervision of a caregiver or Program Director, who performs
direct child care functions and related duties and meets the qualifications
specified in Requirement 86.
- "Caregiver" means a person immediately responsible for
the direct care, supervision, guidance and education of children at a Center
who plans and monitors the program of daily activities for a group(s) of children,
supervises Assistant Caregiver(s) and meets the qualifi- cations specified
in Requirement 85.
- "Chief Administrator" means the person designated by the
governing body of a Center to assume direct responsibility for and continuous
supervision of the day-to-day operation of the Center. The Chief Administrator
may also be the owner and/or Program Director.
- "Child" means a person who has not reached the age of
- "Child with Special Needs" means a child who has been
diagnosed by an appropriate professional as having physical, intellectual,
emotional, developmental or chronic medical conditions or impairments which
would require significant modifications in the regular program of activities
for that child at a Center.
- "Direct Child Care" means the care, supervision, guidance
and education of children.
- "Department" means the Department of Services for Children,
Youth and Their Families.
- "Division" means the Division of Program Support.
- "Drop-in Care" means the day care of children on a one-time,
occasional or unscheduled basis to meet the short-term needs of families,
some of which may be due to shopping, recreation and tourism.
- "Field Trip" means an excursion trip or program activity
requiring the use of vehicles.
- "Governing Body" means the entity with the ultimate responsibility
for and authority over the operation of a Center, as for example, an owner(s)
or Board of Directors.
- "Infant" means a child younger than twelve (l2) months
- "License" means a written certification, issued by the
Department, of a Center's authorization to operate under State Law.
- "Meal" means breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- "Night Care" means care for any child between the hours
of 7:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. when the period includes any portion of the child's
normal sleeping hours.
- "Parent(s)" means the child's natural or adoptive mother
or father or other legally responsible person.
- "Preschool Child" means a child two (2) through four
(4) years of age.
- "Program Director" means the employee of the Center with
direct responsibility for developing, implementing and supervising the total
program of services provided to children.
- "Regularly or on a regular basis" means day care services
which are available and provided at a Center on more than one (1) day in any
one (1) week.
- "School-age Care" means care for school-age children
before and/or after school and full-time during school holidays and summer
- "School-age Child" means a child five (5) years of age
or older in a public or private school.
- "Snack" means supplemental food served between meals.
- "Specialized Day Care" means care to children with special
needs which necessitate more than usual personal care and/or special equipment
or architectural features in the facility.
- "Toddler" means a child between the ages of twelve (l2)
and twenty-four (24) months of age.
- "Training" means participation in any formal activity
related to improvement in an employee's skills or knowledge related to job
performance excluding routine supervision and including participation at conferences,
workshops, relevant courses and in-service training sessions.