House Bill No. 5742

Public Act No. 99-67

An Act Concerning Limited Child Care in Retail Stores.

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

Section 19a-77a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[(a) During the period commencing on May 19, 1998, and ending on October 1, 1999, any]

(a) Any retail establishment in this state may establish a drop-in supplementary child-care operation on the premises of such retail establishment in accordance with the following requirements:

(1) The hours of operation may only be between six o'clock a.m. and nine o'clock p.m.

(2) No child receiving care shall be less than three years nor more than ten years of age.

(3) A child may not receive more than two hours of care per day.

(4) The operation may immediately notify appropriate law enforcement or state agencies if any child receiving care at such operation is not picked up by a parent or guardian after three hours.

(5) A parent or guardian shall be on the premises at the retail establishment at all times while the child is receiving care.

(6) The retail establishment shall provide a clean and safe area for the drop-in supplementary child-care operation.

(7) At all times the operation shall provide (A) at least one child-care staff person for every ten children and (B) at least one child-care staff person who is twenty years of age or older who has experience in child care.

(8) All child-care staff shall be subject to a criminal records check. The operation shall submit the names of all child-care staff to the Commissioner of Public Health, who shall request a check of such names from the state child abuse registry established pursuant to section 17a-101k.

(b) Any retail establishment that establishes a drop-in supplementary child-care operation under subsection (a) of this section shall provide the Commissioner of Public Health with written notice of the establishment of such operation. The commissioner may monitor and inspect any such operation and shall investigate any complaint received by the commissioner concerning any such operation. [Not later than February 1, 1999, the commissioner shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health in accordance with section 11-4a. Such report shall contain the total number of such operations established in this state, the total number and nature of any complaints received by the commissioner concerning any such operations and any policy or legal issues identified by the commissioner with respect to the continuation of such operations in this state.]

Approved May 27, 1999