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Rule Amendments: License-Exempt Child Care Providers Accepting Federal Subsidies

OAR Chapter 414, Division 180.

The Early Learning Council will begin rulemaking to amend rules governing license-exempt child care providers accepting federal subsidies. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requires states and territories to conduct health and safety monitoring inspections for all child care providers who accept federal funding (subsidies) from the Child Care and Development Fund. The Early Learning Council will promulgate rules covering the on-site health and safety monitoring of licensed-exempt providers serving families receiving subsidies, now referred to as “Regulated Subsidy Providers”.

The Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requires the Early Learning Division to begin annual health and safety inspections of license exempt child care providers who accept federal subsidies. ORS 329A.505 authorizes the Office of Child Care to conduct on-site inspections when such inspections are required under federal law and authorizes the Office of Child Care to require improvements or corrections necessary to bring provider into compliance.

The Early Learning Council adopted administrative rules covering health and safety inspections and corrective actions in June 2016 applicable to home-based Regulated Subsidy Providers.  The Council then revised those rules in January 2017 to include rules for center-based child care facilities.

Subsequent rule revisions in March 2017 inadvertently reverted back to pre-January rule language. This rulemaking will correct the rule language to cover home-based and center-based child care facilities.

Click here to view the proposed rule revisions.

The public comment period will close on September 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Comments may be emailed to lisa.pinheiro@state.or.us.

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