Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - Regional Child Development Offices - Central Region
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - Regional Child Development Offices
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Description of Service
Provides information on registration and licensing of child care providers and also handles complaints about child care providers and additional technical assistance.
State agency responsible for:
- Registering of state certified child care homes for 4, 5 or 6 children not related to caregiver. Providers must register with PA Department of Public Welfare and certify that they are in compliance with state regulations. Registration certificates are renewed every 2 years.
To become registered applicants must:
- Attendance at an orientation session is required prior to licensing of child care centers. Specific guidelines are set for Child Care Center operations. Attendance at orientation is now required for anyone who applies to operate a Family Child Day Care Home, Group Child Day Care Home or Child Day Care Center. Certificate of attendance is required as part of a complete application. The certificate of attendance is valid for one year.
- Complete an application and agree to abide by regulations
- Submit current health appraisal with negative TB screening
- Submit original processed State Police and Child Abuse Registry checks for prior records and FBI clearance
- Submit a Certificate of Occupancy from appropriate institution
- Submit processed State Police Child Abuse Clearances for each person who is 18 year of age or older and lives in the family child care home 30 days or more in a calendar year. Also need to submit FBI clearance for each person who is 18 years of age or older.
- Inspection of Homes: A random sample of registered state homes is conducted annually. There are approximately 500 complaints filed in the central region each year. DPW does investigate each one.
- Children related to the caregiver in family child care homes ARE NOT included in total child count. Related children include child, grandchild, step-child or foster child.
- Licensing of group child care homes (7 to 12 children). Group day care operators are licensed and are assigned a licensing representative who makes visits. Certificate of Occupancy is required prior to licensing. Two or more qualified caregivers are required in a GCCH. A complete application must be received before staff assignment.
* Children related to caregivers in the group child care homes may be included in the staff/child ratio.*
- Licensing of child care centers. Attendance at an orientation session is requested prior to licensing of child care centers. Specific guidelines are set for Child Care Center operation.
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