New York State Office of Children and Family Services has instituted new regulations with the goal improving the safety and accountability of childcare. The regulations define conditions under which provider's licenses may be suspended or revoked, increase penalties for violations, and expand the online registry of state-licensed providers to include violation histories for up to six years, as well as information on illegally operated programs.
Under current law, the state is authorized to suspend a provider's license when there is an "imminent danger" to a child. However, imminent danger has never been defined. New regulations list specific circumstances such as staff-to-child ratios, failure to obtain appropriate medical treatment for a child, blocked exits, corporal punishment, poor sanitary conditions, among others.
"Every parent should have access to safe, reliable child care. These new regulations will help improve access to quality care statewide by increasing transparency and accountability in the system," Governor Cuomo said.
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