Under provisions of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (N.J.A.C. 10:122) every licensed childcare center in New Jersey must provide parents of enrolled children written information on parent visitation rights, State licensing requirements, child abuse/neglect reporting requirements and other child care matters. The center may comply with this requirement by reproducing and distributing to parents this written statement, prepared by the Office of Licensing, child Care and Youth Residential Licensing in the Department of Human Services (DHS). In keeping with this requirement, the center must secure every parent's signature attesting to his/her receipt of the information.
Our center is required by the State Child Care Licensing Law to be licensed by the Office of Licensing, Child Care and Youth Residential Licensing in the Department of Human Services. A copy of or current license must be posted in a prominent location at our center. Look for it when you are in the center.
To be licensed, our center must comply with the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (the official licensing regulations.) The regulations cover such areas as: physical environment/life-safety; staff qualifications, supervision, and staff/child ratios; program activities and equipment; health, food and nutrition; rest and sleep requirements; parent/community participation; administrative and record keeping requirements; and others.
Our center must have on premises a copy of the Manual of Requirements and make it available to interested parents for review. If you would like to review our copy, just ask any staff member. Parents may secure a copy of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers by sending a check or money order for $5 made payable to the "Treasurer, State of New Jersey"' and mailing it to: State of New Jersey/ Department of Human Services/Licensing Publication Fees /PO Box 34399/Newark, New Jersey 07189
We encourage parents to discuss with us any question or concern about the policies and programs of the center or the meaning, application or alleged violations of the Manual of Requirements. We will be happy to arrange a convenient opportunity for you to review and discuss these matters with us. If you suspect our center may be in violation of licensing standards, you are entitled to report them to the Office of Licensing by calling toll-free 1-877-667-9845. Of course, we would appreciate your bringing these concerns to our attention, too.
Our center must have a policy concerning the release of children to parents or people authorized by the parent(s) to be responsible for the child. Please discuss with us plans for your child's departure from the center.
Our center must have a policy about dispensing medicine and health care procedures and the management of communicable diseases. Please talk to us about these policies so we can work together to keep our children healthy.
Our center must have a policy concerning the expulsion of children from enrollment at the center. Please review this policy so we can work together to keep you child in our center.
Parents are entitled to review the center's copy of the Office of Licensing's Inspection/Violation Reports on the center, which are issued after every state licensing inspection of our center. If there is a licensing complaint investigation, you are also entitled to review the Office's Complaint Investigation Summary Report, as well as any letters of enforcement or other actions taken against the center during the current licensing period. Let us know if you wish to review them and we will make them available for your review.
Our center must cooperate with all DHS inspections/investigations. DHS staff may interview staff members and children.
Our center must post its written statement of philosophy on child discipline in a prominent location and make a copy of it available to parents upon request. We encourage you to review it and to discuss with us any questions you may have.
Our center must post a listing or diagram of those rooms and areas approved by the Office for the children's use. Please talk to us if you have any questions about the center's space.
Our center must offer parents of enrolled children ample opportunity to participate in and observe the activities of the center. Parents wishing to participate in the activities or operations of the center should discuss their interest with the center's director, who can advise them of what opportunities are available.
Parents of enrolled children may visit our center at any time without having to secure prior approval from the director or any staff member. Please feel free to do so when you can. We welcome visits from our parents.
Our center must inform parents in advance of every field trip, outing or special event away from the center, and must obtain prior written consent from the parents before taking a child on each such trip.
Our center is required to comply with the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), P.L. 1945, c. 169 (N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq.) and the American with Disabilities Act, P.L. 101-336 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). Anyone who believes our center is not in compliance with these laws may contact the Division on Civil Rights in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety for information about filing an LAD claim at 609-292-4605 (TTY users may dial 711 to reach the New Jersey relay Operator and ask for 609-292-7701), or may contact the United States Department of Justice for information about filing an ADA claim at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY))
Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe that an enrolled child has been or is being subjected to any form of hitting, corporal punishment, abusive language, ridicule, harsh humiliation or frightening treatment, or any other kind of abuse, neglect, or exploitation by any adult, whether working at the center or not, is required by State Law to report the concern immediately to theState's DHS Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: TOLL-FREE at 877-NJABUSE (1-877-652-2873). or to any District Office. Such reports may be made anonymously.
PARENTS MAY SECURE INFORMATION ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT BY CONTACTING: COMMUNITY EDUCATION OFFICE, DIVISION OF YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, 222 South Warren Street, PO Box 729, 3rd Floor, Trenton, NJ 08625-0729