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Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers [22 VAC 40 ‑ 185]
Amend Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers to Address Federal Health and Safety Requirements
General Information
Action Summary This regulation provides criteria for the public and the Department of Social Services to evaluate the safety of care that children receive in licensed child day centers. The current regulation, 22VAC40-185 (formerly 22VAC15-30), in effect since 1993, has undergone seven revisions between 1996 and 2012 and does not reflect most recent child care policy changes. The agency has a pending regulatory action to repeal 22VAC40-185 and replace it with a new regulation, as part of a comprehensive review and update. This regulatory action addresses new federal health and safety requirements to be implemented as soon as possible. The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requires ten health and safety topics to be addressed for providers receiving federal Child Care and Development Funds. The intent of this action is to align requirements of licensed programs with requirements for providers receiving Child Care and Development Funds; this includes unregulated and unlicensed programs. Amending the existing regulation to reflect federal health and safety standards will provide additional protections of the health, safety, and welfare of children in care.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act.
RIS Project Yes  [004596]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7411 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/09/2016.
7590 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/06/2018.
8313 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/21/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Tatanishia Armstrong  / Licensing Consultant
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7152 ext: 7    FAX: (804)726-7132    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.