The Danbury City Council has decided to send a decision for now about whether to adopt an ordinance regulating inspections of child day care centers and group day care homes back to an ad hoc committee. State law requires local health agencies to make unannounced inspections of licensed facilities. There are over 40 such facilities in Danbury.
Revisions were needed to Danbury's overall code of law in order to comply with the state regulation.
A child care center is defined as any place receiving 12 or more children for care. A group day care home is for places receiving between 7 and 12 children. The facilities both need certificates of inspection and must apply to the Danbury Health Department for the certificate, which must be renewed annually.
Fees will be established if and when the City Council approves the new ordinance.
Any violations found during the inspections must be corrected within 5 calendar days, and if the problem isn't fixed the certificate could be suspended. A certificate could be revoked following suspension, or if the annual inspection fee isn't paid. An appeals process will be set up.