|The following was reviewed and discussed:|
v AB 2621 – Public Information effective January 1, 2015 – The Department shall post licensing reports for Child Care Facilities on it’s internet Web site. This information is to be updated at least monthly on the website and will span the preceding 5-year period.
v 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 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.
v AB 2386 – Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations, effective January 1, 2015 – In accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 1975.543 - Every child care center 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
v - 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.
v - AB290 – Child Nutrition, effective January 1, 2016 - In accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 1596.866 - each child care center shall have at least one person employed who was completed one hour of childhood nutrition training as part of the preventive health practices course or courses.
v - SB792 – Immunization requirements for staff, volunteers, effective September 1, 2016 – In accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 1596.7995(a)(1) - Commencing September 1, 2016, a person shall not be employed or volunteer at a day care center if he or she has not been immunized against influenza, pertussis, and measles. Each employee and volunteer shall receive an influenza vaccination between August 1 and December 1 of each year. If employees/volunteers are receiving the influenza vaccination they must do so between August 1 and December 1 of each year.