DEPARTMENT OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES
Division of Family Services
Office of Child Care Licensing
DELACARE: Requirements for Family Child Care Homes and Requirements for Large Family Child Care Day Care Homes
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 Family Child Care Homes and Delacare: Requirements for Large Family Child Care Day Care Homes. Each which were previously adopted in 1994. In June 2007 four focus groups were held, one each in Kent and Sussex Counties and two in New Castle County, consisting of Family Child Care Providers and Large Family Child Care Providers. Participants agreeing to attend were chosen through a random selection basis. The focus groups were conducted by the National Child Care Information Center, which submitted a report on the findings to the Office of Child Care Licensing. In July 2007 a survey was sent to every licensed Family and Large Family Child Care Provider to solicit their input on Regulatory change. Responses were recorded and an analysis was conducted for common themes in responses. From August 2007 to October 2007, a task force of Family Child Care Providers, Large Family Child Care Providers, representatives of the Office of Child Care Licensing, subject experts, parents, representatives of the Executive and Legislative Branches of State Government and those whose interests could be affected by the rule changes met for the purpose of making recommendations for revised Requirements. The task force reviewed the existing Delacare Requirements for Family Child Care Homes and Delacare Requirements for Large Family Child Care Homes, were provided information from the findings of the focus groups and Provider surveys and trends and issues noted by the Office of Child Care Licensing. Applicable research findings, best practice information and trends in regulations of other States were reviewed. The task force made recommendations that were considered in revising the Rules herein set forth for Public comment. The proposed revisions are a movement toward improving standards that are designed to ensure the health and safety of children in care and enhance the quality of their experience so they will be better prepared to succeed in school and in life.
Written comments or emails on the rule changes will be accepted until January 16, 2008 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, January 7, 2008 at Stockley Center, All Star Building, 26351 Patriot’s Way, Georgetown, DE, 19947, 6:30PM to 8:30PM
• Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at Bear Library, 101 Governor’s Place, Bear, DE 19701, 6:30PM to 8:30PM
• Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 6:30PM to 8:30PM
• Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, 6:30PM to 8:30PM
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.