Notice of Intended Action

Child care settings—sleep practices, professional development training, definition of “relative,” amendments to chs 109, 110, 120

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HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT[441]

Notice of Intended Action

Twenty-five interested persons, a governmental subdivision, an agency or association of 25 or more persons may demand an oral presentation hereon as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b."

Notice is also given to the public that the Administrative Rules Review Committee may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this proposed action under section 17A.8(6) at a regular or special meeting where the public or interested persons may be heard.

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code section 237A.12, the Department of Human Services hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 109, "Child Care Centers," Chapter 110, "Child Development Homes," and Chapter 120, "Child Care Homes," Iowa Administrative Code.

The Department is required by federal legislation, CFR 45, Part 98, to implement professional development requirements for child care homes that are not registered but have a child care assistance provider agreement. Further, the Department is permitted to make exemptions for relatives that meet the federal definition of "relative." These proposed amendments provide consistency for requirements for professional development training entities and topics. These proposed amendments also make enhancements to sleep practices to ensure that children who are sleeping in child care facilities are using items designed for sleeping which meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) requirements.

Any interested person may make written comments on the proposed amendments on or before November 28, 2017. Comments should be directed to Harry Rossander, Bureau of Policy Coordination, Department of Human Services, Hoover State Office Building, Fifth Floor, 1305 East Walnut Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114. Comments may be sent by fax to (515)281-4980 or by e-mail to policyanalysis@dhs.state.ia.us.

These amendments do not provide for waivers in specified situations because requests for the waiver of any rule may be submitted under the Department's general rule on exceptions at 441—1.8(17A,217).

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

These amendments are intended to implement Iowa Code section 237A.12.

The following amendments are proposed.

Item 1. Amend subparagraph 109.12(5)"e"(7) as follows:

(7)If an alternate sleeping position is needed, a signed physician or physician assistant authorization with statement of medical reason is required.

Item 2. Adopt the following new paragraph 109.12(5)"i":

i. All items used for sleeping must be used in compliance with manufacturer standards for age and weight of the child.

Item 3. Rescind subrule 110.8(5) and adopt the following new subrule in lieu thereof:

110.8(5) Safe sleep.

a. The provider shall follow safe sleep practices as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for infants under the age of one. Infant sleep shall conform to the following standards:

(1)Infants shall always be placed on their backs for sleep.

(2)Infants shall be placed on a firm mattress with a tight fitted sheet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission federal standards.

(3)Infants shall not be allowed to sleep on a bed, sofa, air mattress or other soft surface.

(4)No toys, soft objects, stuffed animals, pillows, bumper pads, blankets, or loose bedding shall be allowed in the sleeping area with the infant.

(5)No co-sleeping shall be allowed.

(6)Sleeping infants shall be actively observed by sight and sound.

(7)If an alternate sleeping position is needed, a signed physician or physician assistant authorization with statement of medical reason is required.

b. No child shall be allowed to sleep in any item not designed for sleeping including, but not limited to, an infant seat, car seat, swing, or bouncy seat.

c. A crib or criblike furniture which has a waterproof mattress covering and sufficient bedding to enable a child to rest comfortably and which meets the current standards or recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission or ASTM International for juvenile products shall be provided for each child under two years of age if developmentally appropriate. Crib railings shall be fully raised and secured when the child is in the crib. A crib or criblike furniture shall be provided for the number of children present at any one time. The home shall maintain all cribs or criblike furniture and bedding in a clean and sanitary manner. There shall be no restraining devices of any type used in cribs.

d. All items used for sleeping must be used in compliance with manufacturer standards for age and weight of the child.

Item 4. Rescind paragraph 110.10(1)"e."

Item 5. Reletter paragraphs 110.10(1)"f" and "g" as 110.10(1)"e" and "f."

Item 6. Adopt the following new paragraph 110.10(1)"g":

g. A provider who has completed training through a child care resource and referral agency or community college within six months prior to initial registration shall be permitted to count the training toward the provider's total training required during the initial registration.

Item 7. Adopt the following new definition of "Relative" in rule 441—120.1(237A):

"Relative" means grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings living in a separate residence.

Item 8. Rescind subrule 120.8(5) and adopt the following new subrule in lieu thereof:

120.8(5) Safe sleep.

a. The provider shall follow safe sleep practices as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for infants under the age of one. Infant sleep shall conform to the following standards:

(1)Infants shall always be placed on their backs for sleep.

(2)Infants shall be placed on a firm mattress with a tight fitted sheet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission federal standards.

(3)Infants shall not be allowed to sleep on a bed, sofa, air mattress or other soft surface.

(4)No toys, soft objects, stuffed animals, pillows, bumper pads, blankets, or loose bedding shall be allowed in the sleeping area with the infant.

(5)No co-sleeping shall be allowed.

(6)Sleeping infants shall be actively observed by sight and sound.

(7)If an alternate sleeping position is needed, a signed physician or physician assistant authorization with statement of medical reason is required.

b. No child shall be allowed to sleep in any item not designed for sleeping including, but not limited to, an infant seat, car seat, swing, or bouncy seat.

c. A crib or criblike furniture which has a waterproof mattress covering and sufficient bedding to enable a child to rest comfortably and which meets the current standards or recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission or ASTM International for juvenile products shall be provided for each child under two years of age if developmentally appropriate. Crib railings shall be fully raised and secured when the child is in the crib. A crib or criblike furniture shall be provided for the number of children present at any one time. The home shall maintain all cribs or criblike furniture and bedding in a clean and sanitary manner. There shall be no restraining devices of any type used in cribs.

d. All items used for sleeping must be used in compliance with manufacturer standards for age and weight of the child.

Item 9. Adopt the following new subrule 120.10(6):

120.10(6) During each two-year provider agreement period, the provider shall receive a minimum of six hours of training. A provider shall not use a specific training or class to meet minimum continuing education requirements more than one time every five years.

a. Training shall be completed from one or more of the following content areas.

(1)Planning a safe, healthy learning environment (includes nutrition).

(2)Steps to advance children's physical and intellectual development.

(3)Positive ways to support children's social and emotional development (includes guidance and discipline).

(4)Strategies to establish productive relationships with families (includes communication skills and cross-cultural competence).

(5)Strategies to manage an effective program operation (includes business practices).

(6)Maintaining a commitment to professionalism.

(7)Observing and recording children's behavior.

(8)Principles of child growth and development.

b. Training identified in subrule 120.10(1) may be counted toward the total six hours of required training only at the initial time in which the training is received.

c. A child care home provider operating under this chapter that meets the definition of "relative" as defined in rule 441—120.1(237A) shall be exempt from the training requirements under this subrule.

Item 10. Adopt the following new subrule 120.10(7):

120.10(7) Approved training.

a. The training must be conducted by a trainer who is employed by or under contract with one of the following entities or who uses curriculum or training materials developed by or obtained with the written permission of one of the following entities:

(1)An accredited university or college.

(2)A community college.

(3)Iowa State University Extension.

(4)A child care resource and referral agency.

(5)An area education agency.

(6)The regents' center for early developmental education at the University of Northern Iowa.

(7)A hospital (for health and safety, first-aid, and CPR training).

(8)The American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, American Safety and Health Institute or MEDIC First Aid (for first-aid and CPR training).

(9)An Iowa professional association, including the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC), the Iowa Family Child Care Association (IFCCA), the Iowa After School Alliance, and the Iowa Head Start Association.

(10)A national professional association, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Child Care Association (NCCA), the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), the National After School Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

(11)The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

(12)The Iowa department of public health, department of education, or department of human services.

(13)Head Start agencies or the Head Start technical assistance system.

(14)Organizations that are certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

b. Training received in a group setting must follow a presentation format that incorporates a variety of adult learning methods. The material or content of the training must be obtained from one of the entities listed in paragraph 120.10(7)"a" or an entity approved under paragraph 120.10(7)"h."

c. Approved training shall be made available to Iowa child care providers through the child care provider training registry.

d. Training received in a group setting may include distance learning opportunities, such as training conducted over the Iowa communications network, online courses, or Web conferencing (webinars) if:

(1)The training meets the requirements in subrule 120.10(8);

(2)The training is taught by an instructor and requires interaction between the instructor and the participants, such as required chats or message boards; and

(3)The training organization meets the requirements listed in this subrule or is approved by the department.

e. The department will not approve more than eight hours of training delivered in a single day.

f. The department may randomly monitor any state-approved training for quality control purposes.

g. Training conducted with the provider either during the hours of operation of the facility, provider lunch hours, or while children are resting must not diminish the required ratio coverage. The provider shall not be actively engaged in care and supervision and simultaneously participate in training.

h. A training organization not approved by the department may submit a request for review to the department on Form 470-4528, Request for Child Care Training Approval. All approvals, unless otherwise specified, shall be valid for five years. The department shall issue its decision within 30 business days of receipt of a complete request.

Item 11. Adopt the following new subrule 120.10(8):

120.10(8) Elements of training. Training provided to Iowa child care providers shall offer:

a. Instruction that is consistent with:

(1)Iowa child care regulatory standards;

(2)The Iowa early learning standards; and

(3)The philosophy of developmentally appropriate practice as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Program for Infant/Toddler Care, and the National Health and Safety Performance Standards.

b. Content equal to at least one contact hour of training.

c. An opportunity for teacher-student interaction and timely feedback, including questions and answers and with evaluation of learning.

d. For each participant, a certificate of training that includes:

(1)The name of the participant.

(2)The title of the training.

(3)The dates of training.

(4)The content area addressed.

(5)The name of the training organization.

(6)The name of the instructor.

(7)The number of contact hours.

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