New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:5b-5 - Rules, Regulations

30:5B-5. Rules, regulations
5. a. The department shall have responsibility and authority to license and inspect child care centers. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations for the operation and maintenance of child care centers which shall prescribe standards governing the safety and adequacy of the physical plant or facilities; the education, health, safety, general well-being and physical and intellectual development of the children; the quality and quantity of food served; the number of staff and the qualifications of each staff member; the implementation of a developmentally appropriate program; the maintenance and confidentiality of records and furnishing of required information; the transportation of children; and the administration of the center. The commissioner shall also promulgate rules and regulations for license application, issuance, renewal, expiration, denial, suspension and revocation. In developing, revising or amending such rules and regulations, the commissioner shall consult with the Child Care Advisory Council created pursuant to section 14 of P.L.1983, c.492 (C.30:5B-14), and with other appropriate administrative officers and agencies, including the Departments of Health and Senior Services, Education, Labor, Community Affairs and the Division of Motor Vehicles giving due weight to their recommendations. The rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this act shall be adopted and amended in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

b.The department shall conduct an on site facility inspection and shall evaluate the program of the child care center to determine whether the center complies with the provisions of this act.

c.Any rule or regulation involving physical examination, immunization or medical treatment shall include an appropriate exemption for any child whose parent or parents object thereto on the ground that it conflicts with the tenets and practice of a recognized church or religious denomination of which the parent or child is an adherent or member.

d.The department shall have the authority to inspect and examine the physical plant or facilities of a child care center and to inspect all documents, records, files or other data maintained pursuant to this act during normal operating hours and without prior notice.

e.The department shall request the appropriate State and local fire, health and building officials to conduct examinations and inspections to determine compliance with State and local ordinances, codes and regulations by a child care center. The inspections shall be conducted and the results reported to the department within 60 days after the request.

f.Nothing in this act shall be interpreted to permit the adoption of any code or standard which exceeds the standards established pursuant to the "State Uniform Construction Code Act," P.L.1975, c.217 (C.52:27D-119 et seq.).

g.Any rules and regulations adopted by the department pursuant to this act prescribing standards governing the safety and adequacy of the physical plant or facilities of child care centers shall not apply to a child care center operated by a nonprofit organization in a public school building used as a public school.

L.1983,c.492,s.5; amended 1992, c.95, s.3; 2000, c.122, s.2.

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