Register January 2023 No. 805
Chapter DCF 202
CHILD CARE CERTIFICATION
Authority, purpose, applicability, and exceptions.
Enforcement actions and conditions.
Standards for family child care and in-home child care.
DCF 202.01 Authority, purpose, applicability, and exceptions. DCF 202.01(1)(1)
Authority and purpose.
This chapter is promulgated under the authority of s. 48.651 (1d)
, Stats., to establish standards for the certification of persons who provide child care for 1 to 3 children. The standards are intended to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of children in the care of these providers.
Subject to sub. (3)
, this chapter applies to certification agencies, applicants for certification, and certified child care operators who are not licensed to operate a family child care center under ch. DCF 250
and are not required to be licensed as a child care center under s. 48.65
, Stats. Certification agencies and certified child care operators shall comply with all applicable laws and the requirements of this chapter.
A certified child care operator may submit to the certification agency a written request for an exception to a requirement of this chapter with a justification for the requested action and an alternative to meet the intent of the requirement.
A certification agency may grant a request for an exception submitted under par. (a)
if a certified child care operator demonstrates to the satisfaction of the certification agency that granting the exception will not jeopardize the health, safety, or welfare of any child in care. A certification agency may not grant an exception to a statutory requirement.
DCF 202.01 History
Cr. Register, August, 1985, No. 356
, eff. 9-1-85; emerg. r. and recr. eff. 7-1-96; emerg. r. and recr., eff. 7-1-96; r. and recr. Register, February, 1997, No. 494
, eff. 3-1-97; renum. from HFS 55.55, Register, July, 1999, No. 523
, eff. 8-1-99; CR 07-071
: am. (1) and (2) Register May 2008 No. 629
, eff. 6-1-08; 2015 Wis. Act 132
: am. (2) Register February 2016 No. 722
, eff. 3-1-16; EmR1918
: emerg. r. and recr., eff. 1-30-19; CR 19-089
: r. and recr. Register March 2020 No. 771
, eff. 4-1-20.
DCF 202.02 Definitions.
In this chapter:
Background check request form” means a form prescribed by the department on which a person completes required information for the child care background check under s. 48.686
, Stats., and ch. DCF 13
“Certification agency" means the department in a county having a population of 750,000 or more; a county department of social services established under s. 46.22
, Stats.; a county department of human services established under s. 46.23
, Stats.; a tribal agency; or any agency that contracts with any of those entities to certify child care operators under s. 48.651
“Certified child care home” or “home” means the residence in which a certified child care operator provides care of children and which meets the standards under s. DCF 202.08
“Certified child care operator,” “
child care operator,” or “operator” means an individual that has legal and financial responsibility for the operation of a child care program and for meeting the requirements under this chapter.
“Certified family child care operator” means a certified child care operator who provides care in a private residential property that is not the home of the child in care.
Certified in-home child care operator” means a certified child care operator who provides care in the child's home for a family that is eligible for in-home care through the child care subsidy program under s. DCF 201.039 (5)
“Child care certification worker” means a person employed by a certification agency whose duties include determination of eligibility for child care certification.
“Child care provider” or “provider” means a certified child care operator or an employee or volunteer of the child care operator who is involved in the care and supervision of children on behalf of the operator and who meets the requirements specified in s. DCF 202.08 (1)
. “Provider” includes a substitute if there is no regularly scheduled provider working other than the substitute.
Child care subsidy program” means the program under which the department issues payments to assist parents who are eligible under s. 49.155 (1m)
, Stats., with child care expenses.
County department” means a county department of social services under s. 46.22
, Stats., or a county department of human services under s. 46.23
“Department" means the Wisconsin department of children and families.
Early childhood education” means the teaching of children who are 8 years of age or less.
“Emergency” means unforeseen circumstances that require immediate attention.
Emergency back-up provider” means a designated adult who is available to assist in the event an emergency occurs that requires a provider to leave the premises occasionally for a short period of time.
“Employee" means any individual who works for a certified child care operator to provide care and supervision of children in care, including a substitute, helper, or assistant.
Field trip” means any experience a child has away from the premises while in the care of a provider, whether the child walks or is transported.
Fit and qualified” means displaying the capacity to successfully nurture and care for children and may include consideration of any of the following:
A history of criminal, civil or other offenses, or administrative rule violations that are related to the care of children or clients or demonstrate an inability to manage the activities of a child care program.
“Hazard” means a potential source of harm, including a recalled product, that could jeopardize the health, safety, or well-being of children in care.
“Health check provider" means a provider of health assessment and evaluation services eligible to be certified under s. DHS 105.37 (1) (a)
, including an outpatient hospital facility, health maintenance organization, visiting nurse association, clinic operated under a physician's supervision, local public health agency, home health agency, rural health clinic, Indian health agency and neighborhood health center.
Household member” means a person who is age 10 or older, who resides, or is expected to reside, at a certified child care home and who is not a client of the certified child care operator.
“In care” means a child care provider is responsible for the supervision, safety and developmental needs of children, on or off the premises, including during transportation provided by the certified child care operator. For purposes of this subsection, “children” includes children under 7 years of age who reside in the certified child care home.
“Inclement weather" means stormy or severe weather, including any of the following:
Wind chills of 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below for children age 2 and above.
Wind chills of 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below for children under age 2.
“In-home provider” means a person caring for a child in the child's own home when the conditions in s. DCF 201.039 (5)
“Licensed physician" means a physician licensed under ch. 448
“Operator's own children" means a certified family child care operator's natural, adopted, step, and foster children, and any children who reside in the operator's home.