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Substitute Senate Bill No. 695

Public Act No. 07-22

AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSURE OF CHILD DAY CARE CENTERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-80 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) No person, group of persons, association, organization, corporation, institution or agency, public or private, shall maintain a child day care center or group day care home without a license issued in accordance with sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and 19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive. Applications for such license shall be made to the Commissioner of Public Health on forms provided by [him] the commissioner and shall contain the information required by regulations adopted under said sections. The forms shall contain a notice that false statements made therein are punishable in accordance with section 53a-157b.

(b) Upon receipt of an application for a license, the Commissioner of Public Health shall issue such license if, upon inspection and investigation, [he] the commissioner finds that the applicant, the facilities and the program meet the health, educational and social needs of children likely to attend the child day care center or group day care home and comply with requirements established by regulations adopted under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and 19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive. Each license except a temporary license shall be for a term of two years, shall be inalienable, may be renewed upon terms and conditions established by regulation and may be suspended or revoked after notice and an opportunity for a hearing as provided in section 19a-84 for violation of the regulations promulgated under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, and 19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive. The commissioner may issue a temporary license for a term of six months and renewable for another six months, upon such terms and conditions as shall be provided in regulations adopted under said sections. The Commissioner of Public Health shall collect from the licensee of a day care center a fee of two hundred dollars for each license issued or renewed for a term of two years and a fee of fifty dollars for each temporary license issued or renewed for a term of six months. The Commissioner of Public Health shall collect from the licensee of a group day care home a fee of one hundred dollars for each license issued or renewed for a term of two years and a fee of thirty dollars for each temporary license issued or renewed for a term of six months. The Commissioner of Public Health shall require only one license for a child day care center operated in two or more buildings, provided the same licensee provides child day care services in each building and the buildings are joined together by a contiguous playground that is part of the licensed space.

(c) The Commissioner of Public Health, within available appropriations, shall require each prospective employee of a child day care center or group day care home in a position requiring the provision of care to a child to submit to state and national criminal history records checks. The criminal history records checks required pursuant to this subsection shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a. The commissioner shall also request a check of the state child abuse registry established pursuant to section 17a-101k. Pursuant to the interagency agreement provided for in section 10-16s, the Department of Social Services may agree to transfer funds appropriated for criminal history records checks to the Department of Public Health. The commissioner shall notify each licensee of the provisions of this subsection.

(d) The commissioner shall inform each licensee, by way of a plain language summary provided not later than sixty days after the regulation's effective date, of new or changed regulations adopted under sections 19a-77 to 19a-80, inclusive, or sections 19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive, with which a licensee must comply.

Approved May 9, 2007