Palm Beach County Commission to mull new child care rules

mnpd-031302-npd-childcare-bDid your last child care center have a bounce house? The next one won’t, if a new set of rules is approved by Palm Beach County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.

Much  of the changes the commissioners, sitting as the Child Care Facilities Board, will consider on Tuesday, are housekeeping. But the 57-page package includes tough new guidelines for the county’s hundreds of centers.

Some of them:

  •      Bring the county into new state standards.
  •      Add requirements for transportation of children, safety at outdoor play areas.
  •      Add or clarify training requirements.
  •      Raise annual license fees for family child care homes from $40 to $80, and set fees for large homes at $150.
  •      Ban trampolines and bounce houses, and ban candles and plug-in air fresheners indoors.
  •      Ban smoking inside child-care facilities.

According to a memo for Tuesday’s meeting, as of December 31, 2015, 726 permitted child care providers operated in Palm Beach County, with a capacity of 49,957 slots for children. Of these, 437 were centers and 289 were home-based.

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