Conditions for Forfeiture of a Child Care Center License


(a) Conditions for forfeiture of a child care center license shall be as specified in Health and Safety Code Section 1596.858.

(1) Health and Safety Code Section 1596.858 reads in part:

A license shall be forfeited by operation of law prior to its expiration date when one of the following occurs:

(a) The licensee sells or otherwise transfers the facility or facility property, except when change of ownership applies to transferring of stock when the facility is owned by a corporation, and when the transfer of stock does not constitute a majority change in ownership.

(b) The licensee surrenders the license to the department.

(c) The licensee moves the facility from one location to another....

(d) The licensee is convicted of an offense specified in Section 220, 243.4, or 264.1, or paragraph (1) of Section 273a, Section 273d, 288, or 289 of the Penal Code, or is convicted of another crime specified in subdivision (c) of Section 667.5 of the Penal Code.

(e) The licensee dies....

(f) The licensee abandons the facility.

(2) "Licensee abandons the facility [child care center]" shall mean either of the following:

(A) The licensee informs the Department that the licensee no longer accepts responsibility for the child care center; or

(B) The Department is unable to determine the licensee's whereabouts after the following:

1. The Department requests information about the licensee's whereabouts from child care center staff, if any staff can be contacted; and

2. The Department has made at least one phone call per day to the licensee's last telephone number of record for five consecutive workdays with no response; and

3. The Department has sent a certified letter requesting the licensee to contact the Department to the licensee's last mailing address of record with no response within seven calendar days.

(b) If the licensee dies, an adult relative who has control of the property may operate a previously licensed child care center under an Emergency Approval to Operate (EAO) (LIC 9117 [4/93]) provided the following conditions are met:

(1) The relative, or an adult acting on the relative's behalf, notifies the Department by telephone during the first working day after the licensee's death that the relative intends to operate the child care center.

(2) The relative files with the Department within five calendar days of the licensee's death an Application for a Child Day Care Center License (LIC 200A [12/92]) and evidence of the licensee's death as specified in Section 101152e.(4).

(A) Notwithstanding the instructions on the LIC 200A (12/92), the Department shall permit the relative to submit only the information on the front side of the LIC 200A (12/92).

(3) The relative files his/her fingerprint cards with the Department of Justice within five calendar days of the licensee's death.

(c) If the adult relative complies with (b)(1) and (b)(2) above, he/she shall not be considered to be operating an unlicensed child care center pending the Department's decision on whether to approve a provisional license.

(d) The Department shall make a decision within 60 days after the application is submitted on whether to issue a provisional license pursuant to Section 101181.

(1) A provisional license shall be granted only if the Department is satisfied that the conditions specified in (b) above and Section 101181 have been met and that the health and safety of the children attending the child care center will not be jeopardized.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 1596.81 and 1596.858(e), Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1596.845, 1596.858 and 1596.858(e), Health and Safety Code.

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