Youth Camp Regulations

April 25 2021

3/25/21: Clarification Regarding Youth Camp Regulations

Good Afternoon Child Care Community, Stakeholders, and State Agencies,

It has been brought to my attention that some of you may believe that the Office of Child Care Licensing is requiring each center’s licensed summer camp to get an additional license. This is not the case.

Licensed programs may continue to operate their summer camp program under their existing early care and education or school-age center license OR they may choose to submit a youth camp application each year to follow the Youth Camp Regulations.

The main difference between the two sets of regulations is that under the Youth Camp Regulations, staff can have lesser qualifications; however, the staff-to-child ratio in the Youth Camp Regulations is 1 staff to 10 school-age children.  As you are aware, the center regulations allow for 1 qualified staff to supervise 15 school-age children.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

All the best, 

Kelly McDowell

Resource and Development Administrator 

Delaware’s Office of Child Care Licensing

Phone: 302-222-3319

Email: Kelly.McDowell@doe.k12.de.us

 

3/24/21: Task Force Participants Needed for Youth Camp Regulations

Good Afternoon Child Care Community, Stakeholders, and State Agencies,

The Office of Child Care Licensing will be licensing summer camps for school-age children receiving Purchase of Care in 2022.  We will begin accepting applications in the fall 2021 based on new regulations.

Therefore, OCCL has created the attached draft of the proposed DELACARE: Regulations for Youth Camps and are seeking task force participants including centers who offer summer camp, stakeholders, and State agencies to read the regulations and offer input by voicing comments, concerns, or recommending changes.

We will host three virtual Task Force meetings to address your input. We would ask that you be available to attend all three meetings but if all your comments are addressed in the first or second meeting, subsequent meetings will be cancelled.

The virtual meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • April 14, 2021, from 6-8 PM
  • April 22, 2021, from 6-8 PM
  • April 28, 2021, from 6-8 PM

Your input is very important to OCCL so that the draft we submit to the Register of Regulations for formal public comment reflects your needs and best practice for children.

If you are able to participate, please let me know (Kelly.mcdowell@doe.k12.de.us) by April 2, 2021. We will then send you the meeting link.

All the best, 

Kelly McDowell

Resource and Development Administrator 

Delaware’s Office of Child Care Licensing

Phone: 302-222-3319

Email: Kelly.McDowell@doe.k12.de.us

 

 

My Child DE is a user-friendly website that brings together resources to help families, providers and other caretakers make informed choices for the children of Delaware. The goal of My Child DE is to help these groups feel welcome, informed and empowered to engage, learn and take the next steps needed to support children.