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California Child Day Care Act. Administration of Child Day Care Licensing   

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(a) (1) Each licensed child day care facility shall make accessible to the public a copy of any licensing report or other public licensing document pertaining to the facility that documents a facility visit, a substantiated complaint investigation, a conference with a local licensing agency management representative and the licensee in which issues of noncompliance are discussed, or a copy of an accusation indicating the department's intent to revoke the facility's license. An individual licensing report and other licensing documents shall not be required to be maintained beyond three years from the date of issuance, and shall not include any information that would not have been accessible to the public through the State Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division.

(2) (A) Every child care resource and referral program established pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 8210) of Chapter 2 of Part 6 of the Education Code, and every alternative payment program established pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 8220) of Chapter 2 of Part 6 of the Education Code shall advise every person who requests a child care referral of his or her right to the licensing information of a licensed child day care facility required to be maintained at the facility pursuant to this section and to access any public files pertaining to the facility that are maintained by the State Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division.

(B) A written or oral advisement in substantially the following form, with the telephone number of the local licensing office included, will comply with the requirements of subparagraph (A):

"As a parent, you have the right to get information about any substantiated or inconclusive complaints about a child care provider that you select for your child. That information is public and you can get it by calling the local licensing office. This telephone number is ____."

(b) Within 30 days after the date specified by the department for a licensee to correct a deficiency, the department shall provide the licensee with a licensing report or other appropriate document verifying compliance or noncompliance. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and with good cause, the department may provide the licensee with an alternate timeframe for providing the licensing report or other appropriate document verifying compliance or noncompliance. If the department provides the licensee with an alternate timeframe, it shall also provide the reasons for the alternate timeframe, in writing. The licensee shall make this documentation available to the public.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 545, Sec. 2.)