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Register June 2018 No. 750
Chapter DCF 252
DAY CAMPS FOR CHILDREN AND DAY CARE PROGRAMS
ESTABLISHED BY SCHOOL BOARDS

Subchapter I — Day Camps for Children
DCF 252.01   Scope.
DCF 252.02   Authority and purpose.
DCF 252.03   Included and excluded care arrangements.
DCF 252.04   Definitions.
DCF 252.05   Licensing administration.
DCF 252.06   Complaints, inspections and enforcement actions.
DCF 252.07   Non-discrimination, confidentiality and reporting child abuse.
DCF 252.08   Pets and other animals.
DCF 252.09   Transportation.
DCF 252.40   Scope.
DCF 252.41   Operational requirements for day camps.
DCF 252.42   Personnel.
DCF 252.43   Base camp and facilities.
DCF 252.44   Program.
Subchapter II — Day Care Programs Established by School Boards
DCF 252.50   Definition.
DCF 252.51   Compliance with licensing standards.
Ch. DCF 252 Note Note: Sections HSS 55.01 to 55.44 as they existed on October, 1984 were repealed and new sections HSS 55.01 to 55.44 were created effective November 1, 1984. Corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, January, 1997, No. 493. Chapter HSS 55 was renumbered chapter HFS 55 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, February, 1997, No. 494. Chapter HFS 55 was renumbered to chapter DCF 252 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635.
Preface
Ch. DCF 252 NoteSection 48.65, Stats., requires that persons who provide, for compensation, care and supervision for 4 or more children under 7 years of age for less than 24 hours a day must be licensed by the department.
Ch. DCF 252 Note The same statute directs the department to establish rules which must be met for a person to qualify for a license and which protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of the children in a day care center. Chapter DCF 252 represents the minimum level of acceptable care that a licensee is to provide to children in a day camp in Wisconsin. Chapter DCF 250 represents the minimum level of acceptable care that a licensee is to provide to children in a family day care center serving 4 to 8 children. Chapter DCF 251 represents the minimum level of acceptable care that a licensee is to provide to children in a group day care center serving 9 or more children. The rules should not be confused with accreditation by professional organizations which is based upon conformity with ideal rather than minimal standards.
Ch. DCF 252 NoteChapter DCF 252 also references standards and procedures for determining compliance of day care programs established by school boards with licensing standards.
Ch. DCF 252 Note Clearly, the fact that a day camp is licensed in no way diminishes the responsibility of parents for vigilance in seeing that their children are receiving care which protects their physical well-being and encourages healthy intellectual and emotional development.
subch. I of ch. DCF 252 Subchapter I — Day Camps for Children
DCF 252.01 DCF 252.01Scope. Sections DCF 252.01 to 252.44 apply to day camps for children.
DCF 252.01 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1984, No. 346, eff. 11-1-84; am. Register, August, 1989, No. 404, eff. 9-1-89; am. Register, January, 1997, No. 493, eff. 8-1-97; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, July, 1999, No. 523; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635.
DCF 252.02 DCF 252.02Authority and purpose.
DCF 252.02(1) (1)Authority. This subchapter is promulgated under the authority of s. 48.67, Stats., to establish licensing requirements under s. 48.65, Stats., for child care centers and day camps for children.
DCF 252.02(2) (2)Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of children being cared for in day camps in Wisconsin.
DCF 252.02(3) (3)Construction. This chapter shall be liberally construed to effect the objectives in sub. (2).
DCF 252.02(4) (4)Exception to a requirement. The department may grant an exception to a requirement of this chapter when it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the department that granting the exception will not jeopardize the health, safety or welfare of the children served. A request for an exception shall be in writing, shall be sent to the department, and shall include justification for the requested action and an explanation of the alternative provisions planned to meet the intent of the requirement.
DCF 252.02 Note Note: A request for an exception to a requirement of this chapter should be sent to the appropriate regional office of the Department's Division of Early Care and Education. See Appendix A for addresses of those regional offices.
DCF 252.02 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1984, No. 346, eff. 11-1-84; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, August, 1989, No. 404; am. (1), Register, January, 1997, No. 493, eff. 2-1-97; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, July, 1999, No. 523; CR 07-102: am. (1), (2) and (4) Register December 2008 No. 636, eff. 1-1-09.
DCF 252.03 DCF 252.03Included and excluded care arrangements. This chapter applies to all day camps but it does not include family child care centers regulated under ch. DCF 250, group child care centers regulated under ch. DCF 251 or to any of the following:
DCF 252.03 Note Note: Section 48.65, Stats., exempts parents, guardians and certain other relatives; public and parochial (private) schools; persons employed to come to the home of the child's parent to provide care for less than 24 hours per day; and counties, cities, towns, school districts and libraries that provide programs for children primarily intended for social or recreational purposes from the requirement for a license.
DCF 252.03(1) (1) Group lessons to develop a talent or skill, such as dance or music lessons, social group meetings and activities, and group athletic activities.
DCF 252.03(1m) (1m) Care and supervision of children in a program, including religious education classes, which operates no more than 4 hours a week.
DCF 252.03(2) (2) Care and supervision while the parents are on the premises and are engaged in shopping, recreation or other non-work activities.
DCF 252.03(3) (3) Seasonal programs of 10 days or less duration in any 3-month period, including day camps, vacation bible school and holiday child care programs.
DCF 252.03(4) (4) Care and supervision in emergency situations.
DCF 252.03(5) (5) Care and supervision while the parent is employed on the premises if the parent's child receives care and supervision for no more than 3 hours a day.
DCF 252.03(6) (6) Care and supervision at the site while the parent who is a recipient of temporary assistance to needy families or Wisconsin Works is involved in orientation, enrollment or initial assessment prior to the development of an employability plan.
DCF 252.03 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1984, No. 346, eff. 11-1-84; emerg. am. eff. 4-22-85; am. Register, August, 1985, No. 356, eff. 9-1-85; am. (intro.), Register, August, 1989, No. 404, eff. 9-1-89; am. (intro.), Register, January, 1997, No. 493, eff. 2-1-97; correction in (intro.) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, July, 1999, No. 523; correction in (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 07-102: am. (intro.) and (1) to (4), cr. (1m) and (6) Register December 2008 No. 636, eff. 1-1-09.
DCF 252.04 DCF 252.04Definitions. In this subchapter:
DCF 252.04(2) (2) “Base camp" means the permanent or temporary premises, public or private, on which the day camp is operated.
DCF 252.04(3) (3) “Camp director" means the individual on the campsite who is responsible for the administration of the camp, including program operations, staff supervision, business operations, food service, health service, and other supportive services.
DCF 252.04(3g) (3g) “Camp-provided transportation" means transportation provided in a vehicle owned, leased or contracted for by the center or transportation provided in volunteer or staff-owned vehicles regardless of whether the driver is reimbursed for the use of the vehicle.
DCF 252.04(4) (4) “Care" means providing for the safety and the developmental needs of a child in a day camp.
DCF 252.04(4m) (4m) “Caregiver background check" means the retrieval of information about an individual's past criminal conduct pursuant to s. 48.685, Stats., and ch. DCF 12 that may bear on the suitability of that individual to assume a child caregiving role or have regular contact with children at the camp.
DCF 252.04(5) (5) “Complaint" means an allegation that a provision of this chapter or of ch. 48, Stats., has been violated.
DCF 252.04(8) (8) “Counselor" or “camp counselor" means a staff member who works directly with children.
DCF 252.04(9) (9) “Day camp" or “camp" means a program regulated under this chapter that provides care and supervision to 4 or more children 3 years of age and older in a seasonal program oriented to the out-of-doors for periods less than 24 hours a day.
DCF 252.04(11) (11) “Department" means the Wisconsin department of children and families.
DCF 252.04(11m) (11m) “Division" means the department's division of early care and education.
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