Access to safe, healthy child care for Utah families.
To support working parents by protecting the health and safety of children in regulated child care programs. This is accomplished by:
- Establishing and enforcing health and safety standards for child care programs.
- Training and supporting providers in meeting the established health and safety standards.
- Providing the public with accurate information about regulated child care.
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WHAT'S NEW? ...AND MORE.
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- Utah Early Childhood Conference
Save the date. The Utah Early Childhood Conference will be on February 25, 2017.
- Zika Virus
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed interim guidance for child care, Head Start, and kindergarten through grade 12 schools and facilities for public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection. This guidance is intended to address concerns about the risk for Zika virus infection in educational settings in the continental United States and Hawaii, provide educational settings with information for planning activities, and recommend actions that can be taken, in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials, to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission on educational settings and among students. This guidance provides an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities of public health authorities and school officials, describes prevention measures that schools can take to reduce mosquito exposure, and provides information on responding to a case of travel-associated Zika virus infection or confirmed local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus.
AAP Summary of CDC guidance
- Rule Changes
Following are charts with rule changes that were effective March 30, 2016:
Rule Changes for Centers
Rule Changes for Hourly Centers
Rule Changes for Out of School Time Programs
Rule Changes for Licensed Family Providers
Rule Changes for Residential Certificate Providers
- E-mail Communication
Most of the communication you receive from Child Care Licensing staff will be through e-mails. It's important that you check your e-mail regularly and let us know when you change your e-mail address.
- How to Access the Licensing Provider Portal
This is a flow chart to walk you through the process of accessing the Child Care Licensing Portal through the Care About Childcare website.
- How to Submit a Background Screening Form Online
Here are step-by-step instructions for the NEW Online Submission Process for Background Screening Forms.
- Inspections of Outdoor Areas
Starting January 1, 2016, providers will no longer have separate inspections of their outdoor areas. Outdoor areas will be assessed at Announced and Unannounced Inspections.
- How to Renew Your License Online
Here are step-by-step instructions for the NEW Child Care Licensing Online License/Certificate Renewal Process.
- Enterovirus D68
Cases of Enterovirus D68 have been reported across the country and more cases are being reported daily. This virus is affecting mostly young children. Children who have contracted the virus will exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms and may have respiratory problems. Proper hand washing is the best way to protect children and reduce the number of new cases.