Effective July 1, 2015, Local Commissioners of the Revenue or other local business license officials are now required to report to the Virginia Department of Social Services two times each year the name, address, and contact information of any child day center or family day home to which a business license was issued. (Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-1701.1)
Effective July 1, 2017, all licensed child day centers and licensed family day homes will be required to obtain national fingerprint-based criminal history record checks. More information on these requirements will be provided closer to the implementation date.
Additional guidance and procedures regarding background investigations include a barrier crime list; a list of convictions requiring registration in the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; and Technical Assistance on Background Checks for Child Welfare Agencies .
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016, THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN THAT A FAMILY DAY HOME MAY CARE FOR BEFORE IT MUST BE LICENSED CHANGED. FAMILY DAY HOMES ARE NOW REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A STATE-ISSUED LICENSE FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES WHEN CARING FOR MORE THAN 4 CHILDREN (NOT INCLUDING THE PROVIDER’S BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN OR OTHER CHILDREN LEGALLY RESIDING IN THE HOME). IF THE FAMILY DAY HOME CARES FOR MORE THAN 4 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWO, INCLUDING THE PROVIDER’S BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN AND CHILDREN WHO LEGALLY RESIDE IN THE HOME, THE FAMILY DAY HOME PROVIDER MUST POSSESS A STATE-ISSUED LICENSE OR A VOLUNTARILY REGISTERED CERTIFICATE FROM VDSS. NOTE: IF ALL CHILDREN ARE THE BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN OF THE PROVIDER, MEANING RELATED TO THE PROVIDER BY BLOOD OR MARRIAGE, THE HOME IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED.
Local Governments to Report Business Licenses Issued to Child Care Providers
Effective July 1, 2015, if a family day home does not have a state-issued child care license or a voluntarily registered certificate from the Virginia Department of Social Services, the family day home must notify parents in writing that the home is not regulated by the Department and must also provide a link to the Virginia Department of Social Services website where parents can obtain additional information regarding child care licensure. This provision does not apply when all children receiving care are related to the family day home provider by blood or marriage. (Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-1704.1)
"Cami's Law", signed into law by Governor McAuliffe in May 2015, has 3 Phases of implementation.
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Unlicensed Family Day Homes Must Provide Written Notice to Parents