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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


(1) Children shall be admitted in accordance with the conditions of the certificate including, but not limited to, capacity, hours of operation, age range, and special conditions.

(2) As required by state and federal civil rights laws, the center shall not discriminate against any child on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, marital status of parent, or because of a need for special care.

(a) Refusal by the operator to care for a child with a need for special care because of lack of related skills and degree of competence, or because of structural barriers in the center, shall not in itself establish a prima facie case of discrimination. The decision to enroll/not enroll a child shall be made on an individual basis after the child's child care needs have been assessed using information from parents and professionals who are knowledgeable about the specific handicap. The operator shall record the assessment that was made for each special needs child.

(b) I f a child with special needs is enrolled who needs a specific plan for caring for that child, such a plan shall be developed in writing between center staff, parent(s), and if necessary, outside specialists. All staff who come in contact with that child shall be fully aware of the special plan.

(3) The operator shall obtain the following information from parent(s) for each child before admission:

(a) Name and birthrate of child;

(b) Date child entered care;

(c) Name(s) and home and business addresses and telephone numbers of the custodial parent(s);

(d) The school attended by a school-age child;

(e) Name, address, and telephone number of child's doctor and dentist;

(f) Name and telephone number of person to be called in an emergency if the parent cannot be located; and

(g) Name and telephone number of person(s) to whom the child may be released.

(4) The operator shall obtain the following information from parent(s) of each and toddler:

(a) Schedule of feeding;

(b) Types of food introduced and timetable for new foods;

(c) Toilet and diapering schedule;

(d) Sleep schedule;

(e) Child's way of communicating and being comforted; and

(f) Developmental and health history of any problems that could affect the child's participation in child care.

(5) The operator shall obtain the following written authorizations from parent(s) for each child at admission:

(a) Permission for the center to obtain emergency medical treatment for the child. The emergency medical release shall be:

(A) On a form accepted by the medical treatment facility used by the operator for emergency medical services; and

(B) Immediately accessible to all staff.

(b) Permission for the center to call an ambulance or take a child to an available physician or medical treatment facility; and

(c) Approval when applicable for:

(A) Participation in field trips; and

(B) Participation in swimming or any other water activity, both on and off the premises of the center.

(6) An opportunity shall be given for each child, with his/her parent(s) to have a preplacement visit to the center and for the center staff to exchange information with the parent(s).

(7) No child under six weeks of age shall be enrolled in a center.


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