|The following was reviewed with the licensee(s):|
- AB 1819 – Smoking prohibition on the premises of Family Child Care Homes, effective January 1, 2015 – This bans smoking tobacco in a home that is licensed as a family child care home, and in those areas of the family child care home where children are present. This change in law was based on demonstrated negative health effects of second and “third hand” smoke on children. Third hand smoke generally refers to the residue from tobacco smoke that sticks to surfaces after the secondhand smoke has cleared.
- AB 2621 – Public information posted on the internet, effective January 1, 2015 – The Department shall post licensing reports for Family Child Care Homes on its Internet Web site. This information will be updated at least monthly on the website and will span the preceding five-year period.
- AB 2386 – Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations, effective January 1, 2015 – In accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 1975.543 - Every family day care home for children shall have one or more carbon monoxide detectors in the facility that meet the standards established in Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 13260) of Part 2 of Division 12. The department shall account for the presence of these detectors during inspections
- AB 2236 – Civil Penalties, effective July 1, 2015 – Enacts new civil penalties in cases where the Department determines that a violation of licensing standards resulted in the death or serious injury, or constitutes physical abuse of a child in care. The bill establishes an appeal procedure specific to these civil penalties. The bill also expands the scope of the Child Health and Safety Fund in order to assist parents in securing alternative child care when a Child Care Center or Family Child Care Home license has been suspended or revoked. These civil penalty amounts are scaled in relation to the total capacity of all of the licensee’s facilities and not just the specific facility cited or limited to that facility type.
- SB 277 – Immunizations, Personal Beliefs Exemption, effective January 1, 2016 - it eliminates the exemption from existing specified immunization requirements based upon personal beliefs, and only allows an exemption from future immunization requirements deemed appropriate by the State Department of Public Health or a medical professional for medical reasons.
- AB290 – Child Nutrition, effective January 1, 2016 - – In accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 1596.866 - each family day care home licensee who provides care, shall have at least one hour of childhood nutrition training as part of the preventive health practices course or courses.
- SB792 – Immunization requirements for staff, volunteers, effective September 1, 2016 – In accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 1597.622(a)(1) - a person shall not be employed or volunteer at a family day care home if he or she has not been immunized against influenza, pertussis, and measles. Each