August 29, 2003
TEMPERATURES IN DAY CARE CENTERS
By: Saul Spigel, Chief Analyst
You asked whether state law governs allowable temperatures inside day care facilities and when children in day care play outdoors.
State regulations require the ambient air temperature inside day care centers and family day care homes to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit at all times as measured three feet from the floor. They require day care center operator to provide fluids and increase ventilation whenever the inside temperature exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit (Conn Agency Regs. § 19a-79-7a(e)(1) and (2) and 19a-87b-9(g)).
The regulations do not speak to outside temperatures that would govern a facility’s decision to have children play outside.