New State Regulations to Improve Safety at Child Care Facilities

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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.

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