Child Care Regulations
NOTICE: PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD for PROPOSED CHILD CARE REGULATIONS

The public comment period for the proposed child care regulations will begin on October 13, 2018. Please use the attached instructions to register for the upcoming public hearing and submit your comments. 
 

The child care facility regulations for Child Care Centers, Group Child Care Homes and Family Child Care Homes became effective on Sept. 22, 2008. The documents and links listed below are resources to help you understand the changes to the regulations as well as important information you will need in order to comply with these new regulations.  
Regulations

The Department of Human Services regulations for operating a child care facility are available on the Web. Listed below is each regulation that pertains to operation of a child day care facility, a brief description of the regulation and the hyperlink to the regulation:

55 Pa. Code, Chapter 20, Licensure or Approval of Facilities and Agencies. This regulation provides the rules regarding applying for a certificate of compliance (license), frequency and content of DHS inspections, preparing and issuing a certificate of compliance, conditions under which a certificate of compliance may be denied, not renewed, or revoked and the DHS licensure or approval decisions that may be appealed. Chapter 20 applies to child day care centers and group day care homes. View the regulation.

55 Pa. Code, Chapter 3270, Child Care Centers. This regulation provides the rules regarding operation of a child day care center. A child care center is a facility in which seven or more children unrelated to the operator receive child care services. A child day care center must have a certificate of compliance (license) from DHS in order to operate. View the regulation.

55 Pa. Code, Chapter 3280, Group Child Care Homes. This regulation provides the rules regarding operation of a group day care home. A group care home is a facility in which seven to 12 children unrelated to the operator receive child care services. A group day care home must have a certificate of compliance (license) from DHS in order to operate. View the regulation.

55 Pa. Code, Chapter 3290, Family Child Care Homes. This regulation provides the rules regarding operation of a family care home. A family day care home is a facility in which four, five or six children unrelated to the operator receive child care services. A family care home must be located in a home and must have a certificate of registration from DHS in order to operate. View the regulation.

Information and Resources about the Regulations

The documents listed below are resources to help you understand the changes to the regulations as well as important information you will need in order to comply with these new regulations. (All documents are PDF downloads)

 
Family Child Care: What to Expect in an Inspection

 All family child care homes in Pennsylvania will soon be required to earn a Certificate of Compliance as a CERTIFIED, also called LICENSED, child care provider. The process to get certified/licensed includes annual unannounced inspections of family child care homes.

Conducted by Certification Representatives from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), under the Department of Human Services (DHS), the annual unannounced inspections will help family child care homes meet regulatory standards for providing safe and healthy environments for children.

OCDEL worked with the Pennsylvania Key, Better Kid Care and several experienced family child care programs to produce this introductory video on what providers can expect during an inspection.

 

OCDEL PROGRAM SELF ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST TO SUPPORT CERTIFICATION COMPLIANCE

These new user-friendly tools were designed to assist Child Care Center, Family and Group Child Care Home Providers in performing periodic reviews of their facility operations to achieve compliance with OCDEL certification regulations.  When utilized regularly, these checklists can help to identify program strengths and gaps in the understanding of and compliance with OCDEL regulations.

View the Self Assessment Checklists and supporting webinar recording now.