DEPARTMENT OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES
Division of Family Services
Office of Child Care Licensing
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, pursuant to 31 Del.C., Chapter 3, Subchapter III, Subsections 341-345, and 29 Del.C., Chapter 90, Subsection 9003 (7), Delaware’s Office of Child Care Licensing is proposing to revise the Delacare: Requirements For Day Care Centers that were previously adopted in 1988. From September of 2001 to February of 2003, a task force consisting primarily of early care and education and school-age care program directors along with Licensing Specialists and those whose interests could be affected by the rule changes reviewed the proposed revisions and reached consensus on each rule. Those proposed changes were first presented in early 2004. At the conclusion of those public hearings, a decision was made to withdraw the revisions and conduct a financial analysis on the impact of the rule changes. Based on the previous comments received from the first set of public hearing and the information gained through the financial analysis, compromises were made and a new version was developed. These proposed revisions represents the task force’s and the Office of Child Care Licensing’s efforts to improve standards based on what we have learned through research and experience since last revising this set of rules. Over the years, we have become increasingly aware of what children really need from early care and education and school-age care experiences to optimally develop, stay safe and healthy, and learn in order to be ready for and succeed in school. Also, as stated above, Delacare: Requirements for Day Care Centers were previously adopted in 1988. Currently this makes Delaware’s Day Care Center rules the oldest in the United States. All other States have Day Care Center rules that have been revised or readopted sooner than 1988.
The proposed changes are available for review (see the “Registrar of Regulations’” version) on the Office of Child Care Licensing’s website at http://www.state.de.us/kids/occl/occl.shtml
Written comments or emails on the rule changes will be accepted until September 22, 2006 and should be addressed to the Office of Child Care Licensing, 1825 Faulkland Road, Wilmington, DE 19805, Attention: Lynn Jezyk, Rule Development Manager or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will also be heard at public hearings scheduled as follows:
Public Hearing Schedule
• Monday, September 11, 2006, 7:00PM to 9:00P at Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711 (parking in the back of church)
• Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Stockley Center, All Stars Building, 26351 Patriot’s Way, Georgetown, DE 19947
• Monday, September 19, 2006, 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 2101 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19805
• Thursday, September 21, 2006, 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901
For information on cancellations of the Public Hearings due to bad weather or an unforeseen event, please check the Office of Child Care Licensing website, http://www.state.de.us/kids/occl/occl.shtml or call the Office of Child Care Licensing in Wilmington, 892-5800 or in Dover, 739-5487 or listen to your local radio station.