Representative Larson, bill sponsor, introduced SB21-167. The bill updates regulations on child care centers, as described below.
Child care centers in schools. The bill updates regulations for child care centers on the property of a public school, charter school, or institute charter school. Specifically, the bill clarifies that child care centers in a school do not need a separate fire code or sanitary standards inspection if the school has already received one in the last 12 months. In addition, the Department of Human Services (DHS) must accept proof of a valid certification from a National Playground Safety Certification Expert as it relates to playground facility inspections and requires inspectors to provide a copy of the inspection report to the school or district. Finally, the bill allows children enrolled in a child care center in a school to possess and self-administer certain medication if certain standards are met.
General child care center regulations. The bill also changes regulations for all child care centers. First, the DHS must accept a signed affidavit affirming compliance with record keeping requirements. The bill also allows child care centers in an emergency situation to have an employee who does not meet caregiver qualifications supervise children for a limited time.