The Health and Human Services Department has proposed new national regulations for Child Care Providers who accept Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) vouchers. The new rules would go into effect in 2016-2017. Although the proposed regulations are mandated at the federal level, each state would have the ability to improve upon the regulations.
The proposed regulations involve increased requirements in training for child care providers, including first-aid, CPR, safe sleeping and emergency preparedness training.
Another change in regulation that has been proposed is an increase in consumer education. The government would require that agencies provide information for parents regarding the quality of child care providers in their area. Also, the government has proposed that the children who receive CCDF vouchers be recertified every 12 months.
The proposed regulations also include new monitoring requirements, such as an increase in unannounced on-site inspections of child care facilities.
The proposed rules are not final, and the government is accepting comments for a period of 75 days. The comment period will end on August 5, 2013. To comment on the regulations, go to Regulations.gov.
To learn more about the proposed regulations go to Child Care Aware of America’s resource page. Visit the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Child Care page to view the tracked changes of the proposed regulations and read frequently asked questions about the regulations.