A. A child care facility shall not receive any child for care, supervision or training unless the facility is licensed by the department of health services.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 36-882

  • Child: means any person through the age of fourteen years. See Arizona Laws 36-881
  • Child care: means the care, supervision and guidance of a child or children, unaccompanied by a parent, guardian or custodian, on a regular basis, for periods of less than twenty-four hours per day, in a place other than the child's or the children's own home or homes. See Arizona Laws 36-881
  • Child care facility: means any facility in which child care is regularly provided for compensation for five or more children not related to the proprietor. See Arizona Laws 36-881
  • Controlling person: means a person who:

    (a) Through ownership, has the power to vote at least ten per cent of the outstanding voting securities. See Arizona Laws 36-881

  • Department: means the department of health services. See Arizona Laws 36-881
  • Director: means the director of the department of health services. See Arizona Laws 36-881
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Person: means an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, day nursery, nursery school, day camp, kindergarten, child care agency, school governing board, charter school or child care center that operates a child care facility. See Arizona Laws 36-881
  • Substantial compliance: means that the nature or number of violations revealed by any type of inspection or investigation of an applicant for licensure or a licensed child care facility does not pose a direct risk to the life, health or safety of children. See Arizona Laws 36-881
  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215

B. An application for a license shall be made on a written or electronic form prescribed by the department and shall include:

1. Information required by the department for the proper administration of this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.

2. The name and business or residential address of each controlling person.

3. An affirmation by the applicant that no controlling person has been denied a certificate to operate a child care group home or a license to operate a child care facility for the care of children in this state or another state or has had a license to operate a child care facility or a certificate to operate a child care group home revoked for reasons that relate to the endangerment of the health and safety of children.

C. An application for an initial license shall include:

1. The form that is required pursuant to section 36-883.02, subsection C and that is completed by the applicant.

2. A copy of a valid fingerprint clearance card issued to the applicant pursuant to section 41-1758.07.

3. If the applicant’s facility is located within one-fourth mile of any agricultural land, the names and addresses of the owners and lessees of the agricultural land and a copy of the agreement required pursuant to subsection D of this section.

D. The department shall deny any license that affects agricultural land regulated pursuant to section 3-365, except that the owner of the agricultural land may agree to comply with the buffer zone requirements of section 3-365. If the owner agrees in writing to comply with the buffer zone requirements and records the agreement in the office of the county recorder as a restrictive covenant running with the title to the land, the department may license the child care facility to be located within the affected buffer zone.  The agreement may include any stipulations regarding the child care facility, including conditions for future expansion of the facility and changes in the operational status of the facility that will result in a breach of the agreement. This subsection shall not apply to the issuance or renewal of a license for a child care facility located in the same location for which a child care facility license was previously issued.

E. On receipt of an application for an initial license, the department shall inspect the applicant’s physical space, activities and standards of care.  If the department determines that the applicant and the applicant’s facility are in substantial compliance with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter and the applicant agrees to carry out a plan acceptable to the department to eliminate any deficiencies, the department shall issue an initial license to the applicant.

F. Beginning January 1, 2010, subject to the availability of monies, the department may establish a discount program for licensing fees paid by child care facilities, including a public health discount.

G. The director, by rule, may establish and collect fees for child care facilities and a fee for late filing of applications.  Beginning January 1, 2010, ninety per cent of the fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited, pursuant to sections 35-146 and 35-147, in the health services licensing fund established by section 36-414 and ten per cent of the fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited, pursuant to sections 35-146 and 35-147, in the state general fund.

H. Pursuant to available funding, the department shall collect annual fees.

I. A license is valid from the date of issuance unless it is subsequently revoked or suspended or the licensee does not pay the licensure fee and shall specify the following:

1. The name of the applicant.

2. The exact address where the applicant will locate the facility.

3. The maximum number and age limitations of children that shall be cared for at any one time.

4. The classification of services that the facility is licensed to provide.

J. The department may issue a provisional license, not to exceed six months, to an applicant or a licensed child care facility if:

1. The facility changes director.

2. The department determines that an applicant for an initial license or a licensed child care facility is not in substantial compliance with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter and the immediate interests of children, families and the general public are best served if the child care facility or the applicant is given an opportunity to correct deficiencies.

K. A provisional license shall state the reason for the provisional status.

L. On the expiration of a provisional license, the department shall issue a regular license if the department determines that the licensee and the child care facility are in substantial compliance with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter and the applicant agrees to carry out a plan acceptable to the department to eliminate any deficiencies.

M. The licensee shall notify the department in writing within ten days of any change in the child care facility’s director.

N. The license is not transferable from person to person and is valid only for the quarters occupied at the time of issuance.

O. The license shall be conspicuously posted in the child care facility.

P. The licensee shall conspicuously post a schedule of fees charged for services and the established policy for a refund of fees for services not rendered.

Q. The licensee shall keep current department inspection reports at the child care facility and shall make them available to parents on request. The licensee shall conspicuously post a notice that identifies the location where these inspection reports are available for review.

R. The department of health services shall notify the department of public safety if the department of health services receives credible evidence that a licensee who possesses a valid fingerprint clearance card either:

1. Is arrested for or charged with an offense listed in section 41-1758.07, subsection B.

2. Falsified information on any form required by section 36-883.02.

S. Licensees may pay licensure fees by installment payments based on procedures established by the department.

T. The department shall review its actual costs to administer this article at least once every two years.  If the department determines that its administrative costs are lower than the fees it has collected pursuant to this section, it shall adjust fees.

U. If the department lowers fees, the department may refund or credit fees to licensees.

V. Fee reductions are exempt from the rule making requirements of title 41, chapter 6.