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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2011

CONTACT
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearings August 25 on Changes to Child Care Regulations

Hearings to be shared via seven video conference sites across state
Chadron, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff

Lincoln –The Division of Public Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is holding hearings on Thursday, August 25, in the Executive Building at 521 South 14th Street, Suite 103, in Lincoln. The hearings will also be broadcast to seven video conference sites across the state.

At 9:30 a.m. (CT), comments will be accepted on proposed regulations for the licensing of child care centers, school-age only child care centers and preschools.

At 1:00 p.m. (CT), comments will be accepted on proposed regulations for the licensing of Family Child Care Homes I and II.

The draft regulations include these proposals:

  • Criminal history checks will be required for new applicants for a licensee, new staff and new household members age 19 and older;

  • Applicants must show proof of citizenship or qualified alien status;

  • While the number of hours of required training will remain the same, depending on licensure category, over the next five years some staff in child care programs will be required to take training on specific topics, such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome, child abuse/neglect, business management and early learning guidelines;

  • Making books available and daily reading to children or providing opportunities to read and explore books will be required;

  • A new licensure category called school-age-only centers will be created to tailor proposed regulations to programs that serve only school-aged children.

The video conference sites will be:

Chadron: Chadron State College, Old Admin Building, Room 031
Grand Island: Public Library, 211 North Washington Street
Kearney: Communications Center (CMCT), 1910 University Drive, Room 218
Norfolk: Northeast Community College, Maclay Building, Room 167A
North Platte: Vocational Rehabilitation, 200 South Silber, Building 2
Omaha: State Office Building, 1313 Farnam, Room 207
Scottsbluff: Panhandle Education Center, 4502 Avenue I, High Plains Room

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearing in Lincoln or at the video conference sites. Comments may also be submitted in writing. Written comments will be given the same consideration as comments made in person.

Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT August 27 and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov 

Draft copies of the regulations are available at DHHS, 402-471-9022, and at the office of the Secretary of State, 402-471-2385. Draft regulations are available online at http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/index.cgi. Summaries are available at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. For persons with hearing impairments, please call DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD at least 2 weeks before the hearing date.

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