ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations to improve safety at child care facilities around the state.
According to the governor’s office, under the emergency regulations, the state may revoke or suspend a provider’s licenses and increase penalties for serious violations of child care health and safety standards.
“Every parent should have access to safe, reliable child care. These new regulations will help improve access to quality care statewide by increasing transparency and accountability in the system,” Governor Cuomo said. “From strengthening penalties for serious violations to updating our state registry to include a history of fines, these reforms will ensure New York’s children are both safe and protected while in the care of their community provider.”
At the Governor’s direction, the reforms will also:
- Increase fines to up to $500 a day for both first-time and repeat serious offenses, including for fire, safety and health hazards;
- Require state inspectors to notify law enforcement of programs operating illegally;
- Trigger a review of all of a provider’s state-regulated programs whenever an operator’s license at one location is suspended or revoked; and
- Require providers operating illegal daycare programs to immediately notify parents in writing when they have been shut down by the state.
There are approximately 21,000 child care programs in the state, with 11,000 in New York City.