Programs That Are Regulated By The Division of Child Development
If your provider is caring for more than two children who aren't related and they provide care for more than four hours a day, they probably should be licensed. In general, there are two types of programs regulated by the state, family child care homes and child care centers.
Programs That Are Exempt From Regulation
Listed below are those instances where a program does not have to be regulated by the Division:
Regulations For Child Care
All child care programs are required to meet child care requirements. Child care requirements ensure that programs are meeting the minimum standards for care in North Carolina. Programs must maintain a compliance history of 75% for the past 18 months or the length of time the facility has operated. Some of the child care licensing requirements that are checked in a program’s compliance history are:
In addition, centers are required to meet sanitation, building and fire codes as required by other state agencies. The Star Rated License System recognizes facilities for their voluntary efforts to exceed these minimum standards.
When you enroll your child in a program, you should receive a summary of the requirements from the provider. You can also print (legal size paper required) the summary from this web site. If you are interested in viewing more details about child care requirements, click on the complete text of the North Carolina Child Care Requirements.
Monitoring Child Care Regulations
The Division employs child care consultants to ensure child care regulations are being met. The consultants are located throughout the state and are responsible for a caseload of licensed programs in one or more counties. The consultants conduct annual unannounced site visits to evaluate compliance. Additional visits may be made for a variety of reasons such as:
Documentation of information gathered during these visits is available for the public to view. If you would like to review the documentation of information gathered during a visit, you can ask for it from your provider or contact the Division of Child Development at 800.859.0829. You can also view most of this information online using the Division's Facility Search Site.
Because parents are in a child care program each day, they have the best knowledge of what the provider is, or is not doing. Children need for parents to constantly assess the child care arrangement. Here are some proactive ways parents can evaluate child care providers on an ongoing basis:
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