Spring 2020 Quarterly Updates have been published and are available on the Community Care Licensing website. This edition focuses on the current COVID-19 Pandemic and highlights the resources you will find helpful during these challenging times.
The Community Care Licensing Division has sent many announcements over the past couple of weeks to announce changes in policy and practice as it temporarily switches its focus to contain and mitigate, and help licensed providers contain and mitigate COVID-19. We encourage you to watch for these email announcements. One that caught our attention announced the suspension of annual inspections.
Earlier this year, the California Departments of Social Services and Public Health initiated a statewide safe sleep awareness campaign (PIN 19-02-CCP) to prevent sleep-related infant fatalities. The goal is to build on existing child health and development networks to leverage and expand resources available to infant caregivers to eliminate preventable deaths.
The Healthy Schools Act requires anyone using any pesticide at a school or childcare center to complete Healthy Schools Act training once per year. This includes anyone who uses bleach! The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has created free, online courses to meet this Healthy Schools Act requirement.
California Department of Social Services recently shared the Summer 2019 Child Care Quarterly Update, which is now available to view on their website. The document highlights important changes including water safety guidelines, window covering safety updates, management information, and ways to prepare your program for Fire Season.
Are you and your staff up to date on your Mandated Reporter Training? All child care providers are required to complete Mandated Reporter Training every two years. The Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training California website team in association with the California Department of Social Services have developed online training for child care providers who work in a licensed child care facility.
Effective January 1, 2019, AB 2370 requires all child care providers, upon enrolling or re-enrolling any child, to provide the parent or guardian with written information including the following: risks and effects of lead exposure, blood lead testing recommendations and requirements, and options for obtaining blood lead testing, including any programs that offer free or discounted tests.
Avoid costly penalties and fines- stay on top of your federal compliance tasks with the 2019 Licensing Compliance Calendar. This calendar can be easily added to your own personal Google Calendar and will ensure that you and your staff do not miss any important deadlines. Thank you to CQEL for these helpful reminders!
Licensed child care providers have specific rights in relation to Community Care Licensing. Knowing these rights can help build positive partnerships with Licensing representatives. In this post, we are sharing a video, by the California Department of Social Services, that provides helpful answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the rights of licensees. Some of these questions include: Where can I get written information about my rights as a licensed child care provider? and How do I file an appeal or a complaint if needed?