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CHAPTER 30B. Parents' Right to Know Act

§ 3001B. Short title.

This section may be referred to and cited as the “Parents’ Right to Know Act.”

83 Del. Laws, c. 194, § 1

§ 3002B. Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, “child-care facility” means all licensed facilities within the State where care is provided for children ages birth through 12 years. Licensure for programs providing services solely for children ages 13 years and older is voluntary.

83 Del. Laws, c. 194, § 1

§ 3003B. Inspection of child-care facility records.

(a) Each licensed child-care facility shall provide to each person seeking child-care services written notice as defined in subsection (c) of this section, which explains the person’s right to inspect the active records and complaints of any licensed child-care facility. Notice shall be provided during in-person tours of the facility. If a tour of the facility is not conducted, the notice shall be provided as part of the enrollment materials provided to the person seeking child-care services. In addition, the application packet shall include the address of the nearest Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) office and the OCCL website.

(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 for no less than 3 months after the child is no longer enrolled.

(c) The Department of Education shall provide a standardized form of the notice and statement as defined in subsections (a) and (b) of this section respectively, to each licensed facility.

(d) The Office of Child Care Licensing shall have available for public request a summary of each child-care facility’s records.

(e) 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 Delaware Department of Education website on the Internet.

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

(g) 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 of 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.

83 Del. Laws, c. 194, § 1