210.027.  Direct payment recipients, child care providers — department’s duties. — 1.  For child-care providers who receive state or federal funds for providing child-care services, either by direct payment or through reimbursement to a child-care beneficiary, the department of social services shall:

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 210.027

  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 (1)  Establish publicly available website access to provider-specific information about any health and safety licensing or regulatory requirements for the providers, and including dates of inspections, history of violations, and compliance actions taken, as well as the consumer education information required under subdivision (12) of this section;

 (2)  Establish or designate one hotline for parents to submit complaints about child care providers;

 (3)  Be authorized to revoke the registration of a registered provider for due cause;

 (4)  Require providers to be at least eighteen years of age;

 (5)  Establish minimum requirements for building and physical premises to include:

 (a)  Compliance with state and local fire, health, and building codes, which shall include the ability to evacuate children in the case of an emergency; and

 (b)  Emergency preparedness and response planning.

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Child care providers shall meet these minimum requirements prior to receiving federal assistance.  Where there are no local ordinances or regulations regarding smoke detectors, the department shall require providers, by rule, to install and maintain an adequate number of smoke detectors in the residence or other building where child care is provided;

 (6)  Require providers to be tested for tuberculosis on the schedule required for employees in licensed facilities;

 (7)  Require providers to notify parents if the provider does not have immediate access to a telephone;

 (8)  Make providers aware of local opportunities for training in first aid and child care;

 (9)  Promulgate rules and regulations to define preservice training requirements for child care providers and employees pursuant to applicable federal laws and regulations;

 (10)  Establish procedures for conducting unscheduled on-site monitoring of child care providers prior to receiving state or federal funds for providing child care services either by direct payment or through reimbursement to a child care beneficiary, and annually thereafter;

 (11)  Require child care providers who receive assistance under applicable federal laws and regulations to report to the department any serious injuries or death of children occurring in child care; and

 (12)  With input from statewide stakeholders such as parents, child care providers or administrators, and system advocate groups, establish a transparent system of quality indicators appropriate to the provider setting that shall provide parents with a way to differentiate between child care providers available in their communities as required by federal rules.  The system shall describe the standards used to assess the quality of child care providers.  The system shall indicate whether the provider meets Missouri’s registration or licensing standards, is in compliance with applicable health and safety requirements, and the nature of any violations related to registration or licensing requirements.  The system shall also indicate if the provider utilizes curricula and if the provider is in compliance with staff educational requirements.  Such system of quality indicators established under this subdivision with the input from stakeholders shall be promulgated by rules.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2014, shall be invalid and void.  This subdivision shall not be construed as authorizing the operation, establishment, maintenance, or mandating or offering of incentives to participate in a quality rating system under section 161.216*.

 2.  No state agency shall enforce the provisions of this section until October 1, 2015, or six months after the implementation of federal regulations mandating such provisions, whichever is later.