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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 035 : CHILD CARE

Subchapter 002 : CHILD CARE SERVICES

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 3511)
  • § 3511. Definitions

    As used in this chapter:

    (1) “Child” means an individual under 13 years of age.

    (2) “Child care facility” means any place or program operated as a business or service on a regular or continuous basis, whether for compensation or not, whose primary function is protection, care, and supervision of children under 16 years of age outside their homes for periods of fewer than 24 hours a day by a person other than a child’s own parent, guardian, or relative, as defined by rules adopted by the Department for Children and Families, but not including a kindergarten approved by the State Board of Education.

    (3) “Child care provider” means a person licensed or registered by the Department for Children and Families, or authorized by the Department, to provide child care.

    (4) “Child care services” include developmentally appropriate care and supervision for children under 13 years of age for fewer than 24 hours a day by a child care provider.

    (5) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner for Children and Families.

    (6) “Division” means the Child Development Division.

    (7) “Family child care home” means a child care facility that provides care on a regular basis in the caregiver’s own residence for not more than 10 children at any one time. Of this number, up to six children may be provided care on a full-time basis and the remainder on a part-time basis. As used in this subdivision, care of a child on a part-time basis shall mean care of a school-age child for not more than four hours a day. These limits shall not include children who reside in the residence of the caregiver, except:

    (A) These part-time, school-age children may be cared for on a full-day basis during school closing days, snow days, and vacation days that occur during the school year.

    (B) During the school summer vacation, up to 12 children may be cared for, provided that at least six of these children are of school age and a second staff person is present and on duty when the number of children in attendance exceeds six. These limits shall not include children who are required by law to attend school (seven years of age and older) and who reside in the residence of the caregiver.

    (8) “Training” means an activity, approved by the Commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee, that is likely to lead to employment or required to maintain employment. (Added 1987, No. 205 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; amended 1997, No. 31, § 1; 2005, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 110; 2007, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § 17; 2013, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 63, eff. May 20, 2014; 2019, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. Oct. 5, 2020; 2019, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2021.)