TITLE 31

Welfare

In General

CHAPTER 3. CHILD WELFARE

Subchapter VIII. Parents Right to Know Act


(a) Each licensed child care facility shall provide to a prospective purchaser of care a written notice defined in subsection (c) of this section which details the purchaser's right to inspect, at any time, the active record and complaint files of any licensed child care facility. Such notice shall include, but not be limited to, the name of the contact person from the Office of Child Care Licensing, the address of the nearest location and telephone number. Such notice shall be provided as part of any application packet of materials that the facility provides to purchasers of care.

(b) Every child care facility shall obtain a statement, signed by the prospective purchaser of care, which attests to timely receipt of the notice provided for in subsection (a) of this section. The child care facility shall keep the signed statement on file.

(c) A standardized form of the notice and statement as defined in subsections (a) and (b) of this section respectively, shall be provided to each licensed facility by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.

(d) By January 1, 2000, the Office of Child Care Licensing shall have available for public request a summary of each child care facility's records. Further, the public shall have access to child care information including a list of all child care facilities, licensed facilities, enforcement actions and agency contact persons via the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families web site on the Internet.

(e) All requests to inspect these records shall be made in writing to the appropriate Office of Child Care Licensing. Individuals shall be allowed to inspect such records within 10 business days from the date the request is received.

(f) Failure of a child care facility to provide the notice required in subsection (a) of this section or obtain the statement required in subsection (b) of this section from any prospective purchaser shall be a violation of Delaware law, subject to a fine not more than $100 for each violation and the total of such fines shall not exceed $1,000 per calendar year. Justice of the Peace Courts shall have original jurisdiction of such offenses.

(g) For purposes of this subchapter, "child care facility" shall mean all licensed facilities within the State where care is provided for children ages birth through 12 years, excluding schools regulated under Title 14.

71 Del. Laws, c. 468, § 1.;