Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning will be holding a public hearing to discuss proposed amendments and changes to some of their rules. This notice was sent on March 19, 2010. The proposed changes will affect the following settings for child care; Child Care Learning Centers, Group Day Care Homes and Family Day Care Homes. There are five specific rules that the proposed changes would affect.
The proposed amendment for Child Care Learning Centers will affect hygiene, calling for more enhances rules in regards to hand washing for children and staff. It would also remove the requirement to rinse soiled clothing. The changes for Group Day Care Homes will affect Record Keeping and Reporting and Operations, Health, Safety and Activities. These changes would affect requirements with signing children in and out for the day, adding the word guardian to paperwork to designate a caretaker that is not a parent, keeping more accurate records with detailed information and the storing of medication for children. Also affected would be rules in regards to more enhanced handwashing, not allowing rough play that could injure a child and revisions to the cleaning and storage of potty chairs. The changes for Family Day Care Homes is similar to the before mentioned changes.
Interested parties have been invited by Bright from the Start to submit comments or questions to CCSRulesRevisions@decal.ga.gov or by fax to 404-651-718. The written comments must be received on or before April 20th. You are also invited to make comments or ask questions at the public hearing which will be held from 5-7 pm on Tuesday April 20, 2010 at the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education on the campus of Clayton State University.
For more information about the proposed rule changes you may go to http://decal.ga.gov/ChildCareServices/ProposedRevisions.aspx.