Updated DELACARE Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers

Good Afternoon Early Care and School-Age Care Providers,

The DELACARE Regulations were posted as Final in the Register of Regulations  on June 1, 2022 and become final after 10 days, on June 10, 2022. All of the regulations will be in effect except for the following.

The following regulations will become effective January 1, 2023:

  1. Requiring the EC admin to have 15 hours of specialized training in Infant and Toddler development and curriculum, if the center serves infants and toddlers. No longer allowing the ECCC to have this training (24 G);
  2. Requiring the EC admin to have 15 hours of specialized training in SA care if the center serves SA children. No longer allowing the ECCC to have this training (24 G);
  3. Requiring those seeking to become qualified as EC and SA interns to complete OCCL’s approved Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals as a part of their 15-clock-hours of quality-assured training (24 K);
  4. Allowing qualified EC interns, who are at least 18 years old, who have been determined eligible by the Criminal History Unit (CHU) to be alone with toddlers through SA children after working at the center for at least one month for at least 25 hours per week (24 K);
  5. Substitutes may be under direct observation of EC interns or SA interns who are at least 18 years old, who have been determined eligible by the CHU, and have worked at the center for at least one month for at least 25 hours per week (25 A);
  6. Requiring a comprehensive background check (of each required component) every 5 years of employment or volunteering at a center (25 B);
  7. Requiring volunteers who are used to meet the staff-to-child ratios to have an orientation that meets the requirements of a staff member (25 B);
  8.         Requiring the EC admin to be on-site at least 50% of the hours of operation (26 C);
  9. Requiring an owner who works on site at least 7 hours per week and provides direct care to have an administration of medication certificate on file (31 A);
  10. Requiring all staff, substitutes, and volunteers working at least 5 days or 40 hours per year to complete OCCL’s approved Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals as part of the orientation, rather than permitting the EC admin to devise that training (32 C);
  11. Requiring annual training to be completed at least 30 days before license  expiration (33H);
  12. Requiring a child to have second lead screening at or around 24 months.  If blood lead screenings were not conducted at or around ages 12 months and 24 months, a blood lead screening is required (for all ages) (41 A);
  13.    Requiring indoor play space used for large muscle activity to have a protective surface of an approved resilient material, such as rubber mats, beneath and in the fall zones of climbing equipment, slides, swings, and similar equipment to absorb falls. This material must be at a sufficient depth or thickness as required by the manufacturer’s specifications or other approved entity (53 L);
  14. Allowing qualified SA interns, who are at least 18 years old, who have been determined eligible by CHU to be alone with SA children after working at the center for at least one month for at least 10 hours per week (87 D).
  15. Beginning January 1, 2023, requiring the licensee to receive an eligibility determination or a provisional eligibility notification before a staff member starts employment (28 C);
  16. Beginning January 1, 2023, increasing the fine for unlicensed care to $1000 or imprisoned not more than 6 months (4 D); and
  17. Requiring public and private schools serving children below kindergarten to be licensed by July 1, 2024, to comply with Delaware Code (4 A).

A copy of the updated regulations and a document containing the updates can be found at the links below.

Final Center Regulations June 22

Updates for DELACARE Center Regulations 2022-Final

Thank you for your time! Have a beautiful weekend.

 

 

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