3/20/16: Licensing Standards Update

i Mar 21st

A survey was distributed to licensed child care providers telling them that the licensing standards that went into effect on January 1, 2016 were only temporarily approved. The goal of the survey is to get some data to then ask the legislators to deny final and permanent approval of these standards. The information contained in their email is INCORRECT.  The Licensing Requirements for Child Care Programs that affect center-based programs were promulgated according to the administrative rulemaking process and signed by the Governor.  They became effective January 1, 2016.  They are not TEMPORARY. Licensing Specialists and affected child care programs received training on the requirements.  The first monitoring visit that the licensing specialist makes to a program after January 1, 2016 is a discussion visit to assist the program with the new requirements and noncompliance with new requirements is not documented at that visit.