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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

WAC 388-150-010

As used and defined under this chapter:

"Capacity" means the maximum number of children the licensee is authorized to have on the premises at a given time.

"Center" means the same as "child daycare center."

"Child abuse or neglect" means the injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by any person under circumstances indicating the child's health, welfare, and safety is harmed thereby.

"Child daycare center" means a facility providing regularly scheduled care for a group of children one month of age through twelve years of age for periods less than twenty-four hours; except, a program meeting the definition of a family child care home shall not be licensed as a day care center without meeting the requirements of WAC 388-150-020 (5)(a).

"Department" means the state department of social and health services.

"Department of health" means the state department of health.

"Infant" means a child eleven months of age and under.

"License" means a permit issued by the department authorizing by law the licensee to operate a child day care center and certifying the licensee meets minimum requirements under licensure.

"Licensee" means the person, organization, or legal entity responsible for operating the center.

"Premises" means the building where the center is located and the adjoining grounds over which the licensee has control.

"Preschool age child" means a child thirty months of age through five years of age not enrolled in kindergarten or an elementary school.

"School-age child" means a child five years of age through twelve years of age enrolled in kindergarten or an elementary school.

"Staff" means a child care giver or a group of child care givers employed by the licensee to supervise a child served at the center.

"Toddler" means a child twelve months of age through twenty-nine months of age.

"The Washington state training and registry system {STARS)" means the entity approved by the department to determine the classes, courses, and workshops licensees and staff may take to satisfy training requirements.


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