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SPONSOR:

Sen. McDowell & Sen. Blevins &

Rep. Gilligan; Sens. Connor, Henry, Sharp, Sorenson; Reps. Hudson, Keeley, Maier

DELAWARE STATE SENATE

141st GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE BILL NO. 196

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 31 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE CHILD CARE ACT.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Chapter 3, Title 31 of the Delaware Code, by deleting § 341 through § 344 thereof in their entirety, and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

§ 343.  Powers of the Office of Child Care Licensing with respect to child care.

  1. Any person or association conducting child care and all institutions, agencies and associations or organizations, receiving and placing or caring for dependent, neglected or delinquent minors, including organizations providing care of children whether dependent or otherwise, in lieu of the care and supervision ordinarily provided by parents in their own homes for periods of less than 24 hours a day, must accord the Office of Child Care Licensing or its authorized agents right of entrance, privilege of inspection and access to its accounts and reports.

  2. A person or association conducting child care and all institutions, agencies, associations or organizations, receiving and placing or caring for dependent, neglected or delinquent minors shall make reports at such time as is required by the Office of Child Care Licensing as to conditions of such child care, the manner and way in which children are taken care of, former addresses and such other information as will show the social status of the child, how and to whom dismissed, the extent and source of its income, the cost of maintenance and such other reasonable information as will enable the Office of Child Care Licensing to promote the general welfare of the children and to work out a general program for their care and protection.

  3. The Office of Child Care Licensing may prescribe, by regulation or otherwise, any reasonable standards for the conduct of such child care facilities, institutions, agencies, associations or organizations and may license such of these as conform to such standards. All regulations, enforcement actions, decisions, investigations and the like previously promulgated or taken by the Office of Child Care Licensing shall continue unabated and shall remain in full force and effect notwithstanding passage of this Act.

 

§ 344.  Child care licenses; investigations; requirements.

§ 345.  Penalties for violations.

Author:  Senator McDowell