Admission Procedures and Parental and Authorized Representative’s Rights
(a) In accordance with the child care center's individual program, policies and needs, the licensee shall develop, implement and maintain an admission procedure that enables the person in charge of admissions to:
(1) Determine that the child meets the child care center's admission criteria.
(2) Conduct one or more personal interviews with the child's parent or authorized representative that meets the following requirements:
(A) Enables the person responsible for admissions to understand the state of the child's health and physical and emotional development, and to assess whether the child care center can meet the child's needs.
(B) Provides the child's parent or authorized representative with information about the child care center that shall at least include the child care center's admission policies and procedures, activities, services, regulations, hours and days of operation, fees, procedures to be followed should the child become ill or injured while at the child care center, and procedures for conducting inspections for illness.
(3) Obtain all identifying information specified in Section 101221(b).
(4) Obtain all health information specified in Section 101220.
(b) At the time of acceptance of each child in care, the licensee shall inform each child's parent or authorized representative of his/her rights that include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) To enter and inspect the child care center in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 1596.857.
(2) To file a complaint against the licensee with the local licensing office in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 1596.853.
(3) To review the child care center’s public file kept by the local licensing office in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 1596.859.
(4) To review at the child care center, reports of licensing visits and substantiated complaints against the licensee made during the last three years in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 1596.859.
(5) To complain to the local licensing office and inspect the child care center without discrimination or retaliation in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 1596.857.
(6) To request in writing that a parent not be allowed to visit a child or take a child from the child care center provided the custodial parent has shown a certified copy of a court order pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 1596.857.
(7) To receive from the licensee upon request the name, address and telephone number of the local licensing office in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 1596.874.
(8) To be informed by the licensee, upon request, of the name and type of association to the child care center for any adult who has been granted a criminal record exemption, and that the name of the person may also be obtained by contacting the local licensing office.
(c) The licensee shall post the PUB 393 (8/02), Child Care Center Notification of Parents' Rights Poster in a prominent, publicly accessible area in the child care center at all times.
(d) The licensee shall provide to the parent or authorized representative the LIC 995E (8/02), Caregiver Background Check Process form.
Health and Safety Code Section 1596.857 provides:
(a) Upon presentation of identification, the responsible parent or guardian of a child receiving services in a child day care facility has the right to enter and inspect the facility without advance notice during the normal operating hours of the facility. Parents or guardians when inspecting shall be respectful of the children's routines and programmed activities. The facility shall inform parents and guardians of children receiving services in the facility of the right of the parents and guardians to inspect the facility pursuant to this section.
(b) No child day care facility shall discriminate or retaliate against any child or parent or guardian on the basis or for the reason that the parent or guardian has exercised his or her right under this section to inspect the facility or has lodged a complaint with the department against a facility.
(c) If any child day care facility denies a parent or legal guardian the right to enter and inspect a facility or retaliates, the department shall issue the facility a warning citation. For any subsequent violation of this right, the department may impose a civil penalty upon the facility of fifty dollars ($50) per violation. The department may take any appropriate action, including license revocation.
(d) Each child day care facility shall permanently post in a facility location accessible to parents and guardians written notice of the right to make an inspection pursuant to this section and the prohibition against retaliation and the right to file a complaint.
(e) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, the person present who is in charge of a child day care facility may deny access to an adult whose behavior presents a risk to children present in the facility and may deny access to noncustodial parents or guardians if so requested by the responsible parent or legal guardian.
(e) At the time of acceptance of each child into care and for all children in care on August 7, 2002, the licensee shall give each parent or authorized representative a copy of the Notification of Parents' Rights (LIC 995 [8/02]) and the LIC 995E, Caregiver Background Check Process form.
(1) The licensee shall request the child’s parent or authorized representative to sign and date the acknowledgement-of-receipt statement at the bottom of the LIC 995 (8/02). The bottom portion of this form must be kept in the child's file as proof that the parent or authorized representative has been notified of his or her rights by the child care center and received a copy of the LIC 995E, Caregiver Background Check Process form.
(2) Whenever a parent or authorized representative makes a request pursuant to Section 101218.1(b)(8), the child care center shall note, date, and initial the request in the child’s file. The child care center shall request that the parent or authorized representative also initial the notation documenting the request.
(3) Failure by the licensee to comply with the requirements in Sections 101218.1(b)(8), (c), (d), (e), (e)(1), or (e)(2) shall subject the licensee to civil penalties pursuant to Section 101195.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 1596.81, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1596.72, 1596.73, 1596.81, 1596.853, 1596.857, 1596.859, 1596.874, 1597.05, and 1597.07, Health and Safety Code.