REGULATIONS THAT GOVERN THE CHILDCARE INDUSTRY
These days, to have two earning members per family has become the norm rather than the exception. This has caused the increased utilization of child care arrangements for preschool children, to help working parents. Consequently, there is an onus on the education department to frame policies that will ensure the quality and safety of these child care services and vet licensed child care providers.
Often, parents are unable to evaluate or monitor the quality of the child care providers in their locality, so they avoid sending them to day care. This compromises the child’s early learning. The government has brought about regulations for nonparental child care services to monitor and improve the quality of care in care spaces to address this need. In the U.S., such regulations are almost exclusively the responsibility of the states.
States impose standards that child care services have to follow to improve the level of quality. Some standards include, limiting the number of children per staff in a facility or classroom, hiring staff that meet training requirements and requiring facilities and staff to meet certain safety standards. Early childhood educators and providers have an ethical obligation to uphold these high standards.
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The California Department of Education and the California Department of Social Services vet child care providers in areas administered by the California Department of Education. The California Code of Regulations are program requirements formally adopted by state agencies to define the program operations requirements for child care providers.
The California Department of Education ensures that all daycare centers, preschools and child care providers that operate under its jurisdiction are fully licensed and are up to code. Regular checks are done to ensure that these child care spaces are adhering to regulations and protocol.
When parents are searching for a child care space for their little one, it is important that they make sure that the child care provider they are considering has been vetted by the government before enrolling their child.