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S.F. No. 3310 - Modifying Provisions Relating to Child Care Licensing (Second Engrossment)
Author: Senator Bill Weber
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: May 8, 2018


Section 1 (245A.04, subd. 9) requires the commissioner to consider variances for child care center staff qualification requirements that do not affect the health and safety of children served by the center.  When reviewing a variance request, the commissioner shall consider the staff person’s level of professional development.

Sections 2, 3, 4, and 6 (245A.05, 245A.06, subd. 1, 245A.07, subd. 3, and 245A.1434) require the commissioner to explain in plain language why a license application is denied, reasons for a correction order or conditional license, reasons why a license is suspended, revoked, or why a fine was ordered, and changes in statutes, rules, regulations, and policies affecting child care providers, respectively.

Section 5 (245A.14, subd. 4a) provides flexibility to group family day care providers to operate at a different license level depending on the children in the program on any given day.

Section 7 (245A.152) amends child care license holder insurance.  Current law requires the license holder to provide written notice when the policy expires, and whether the policy has been renewed, and the date of the new policy’s expiration. The new language requires the policy holder to provide written notice to all parents or guardians of children receiving services upon expiration of the policy or a change in coverage.  If the policy renews each year, the license holder may indicate the renewal date in the notice to parents and guardians, and the initial notice is valid until the coverage changes or lapses.

Section 8 requires the commissioner to make enhancements to the Web site to make program–specific monitoring results available to license holders, including the date of inspections, any violations noted and how violations were addressed, provide each license holder with a printed copy of posting guidelines, and convene regional meetings to review posing guidelines and enhancements made to the Web site, and obtain feedback and recommendations to ensure transparency. Paragraph (b) requires the commissioner to include in the 2019 child care report to the Legislature the list of descriptions, summaries, and information under this paragraph.

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