Final and Proposed DELACARE Regulations for Family and Large Family Child Care Homes

To All Family and Large Family Child Care Providers,

As you know, the updated DELACARE Regulations for Family and Large Family Child Care became final on May 10, 2022. This means that regulations that are less stringent become effective on that date and those regulations that may be considered more stringent will become effective in six months.  (OCCL will use December 1, 2022 as the effective date rather than change mid-month.)

For the regulation changes only, OCCL will send you information on which regulations will be effective as of May 10, 2022 and which will become effective as of December 1, 2022 so that we are all interpreting the regulations in the same way.  Look for an email, possibly next week, containing that information.  This is OCCL’s standard procedure when changes are made to regulations.

However, since these regulations became final, OCCL received additional information that impacts these regulations and posted the following proposed additional changes in June’s Register of Regulations:

  • Adding a definition of blood lead screening;
  • To comply with the Child Care and Development Block Grant by requiring adult volunteers who are present for at least five days or 40 hours per year to complete OCCL’s approved Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals (certificate required);
  • Requiring a release of children procedure that includes monitoring the entrance of the home or phone, email, or other communication methods used by the home to ensure the child is released from care when requested by the parent, guardian, or authorized release person;
  • Removing the requirement regarding completing the Department’s approved developmental and social emotional screening tool until the legislation is clarified;
  • To comply with Delaware’s Lead Poisoning Act to require blood lead screening for children at or around age 24 months in addition to the screening at or around 12 months, and to require proof of a single blood lead screening after age 24 months for all children including school-age, if blood lead screenings were not conducted at or around ages 12 months and 24 months.
  • Adding a religious exemption from blood lead screenings;
  • To not allow semi-solid food to be introduced to an infant until the infant is at least 6 months old and developmentally ready, unless the infant’s health care provider states otherwise; and
  • Updating the requirements for infant feedings to comply with recommendations of Caring for Our Children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to include ready-to-feed formulas and concentrate, to require all bottles be labeled with the child’s name, date, and time of preparation or opening, and to require that formula prepared using powder be discarded if not used within 24 hours of preparation.

The attached document contains the final regulations as well as the proposed June 1 regulation changes that are highlighted in yellow. The yellow text may change based on the comments that are provided to OCCL during the public comment period of June 1, 2022 until July 2, 2022. If any text is changed, OCCL will resend a copy of these regulations.

The Office of Child Care Licensing

Department of Education

Final 934 FCCH-LFCCH Regulations 2022 with proposed for Junetake 2 (002)

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