home child care


Housing & Family Child Care:
Your Rights


You Can Use Your Home
For Child Care
 
A landlord cannot limit the use of your residence as a family child care home.
 
For example, a landlord cannot:
·      Forbid the use of your home for child care, even in your rental agreement;
·      Limit the hours that you can provide care; or
·      Require that you have child care liability insurance.
 

Security Deposit
 
Your landlord can charge a security deposit of up to 2 months rent, even if other tenants are charged less.
 
Liability Insurance
 
If you have liability insurance, you must
name your landlord as an additional insured if:
·      Requested in writing by the landlord;
·      The landlord agrees to pay the additional premium; and,
·      Adding the landlord will not result in cancellation or non-renewal of the policy.
 
 
Let the Landlord Know
 
You must give the landlord 30 days notice of a family child care program in your home.
 
Less than 30 days notice is required if:
·      You have been providing child care; and
·      Your new location is approved by the licensing division of Social Services in less than 30 days.
 
Note:  A landlord may think that this notice is a request for permission to operate a family child care program.  It is not.
 
You do not need permission from the landlord to operate a family child care program.
 
Exception:  If you plan to expand care from 6 to 8 children, or from 12 to 14 children, you must get the landlord’s permission.
 

You Can Expand Your Program

 
If you are licensed to care for 6 children,
you can care for up to 8 children if:
·   The two children you add are at least 6 years old; and,
·   You have no more than 2 infants in your care.
 
If you are licensed to care for 12 children,
you can care for up to 14 children if:
·   The two children you add are at least 6 years old; and,
·   You have no more than 2 infants in your care
             
You must notify a parent of each child
in writing of:
·   Your intention to add two school-aged children; and,
·   The total number of children that could be present in the home at one time
 
Each parent must sign the notice, and you must keep a record in each child’s file.
 

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