Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled new emergency regulations to improve safety at child care facilities across the state.
Under current law, the state is authorized to suspend, revoke or limit a provider’s licenses when there’s “imminent danger” to a child or public health — but “imminent danger” has never been defined.
The state will now be able to suspend, limit or revoke licenses when there is:
- Insufficient staff-to-child ratios
- Failure to obtain appropriate medical treatment for a child
- Blocked exits and poor sanitary conditions
The penalties for serious violations are also being increased, and an online registry of state-licensed child care providers will expand to include inspection and violation histories.