Update on regulation changes for child care centers and group child care homes

Last updated June 13, 2024

For the first time in 10 years, OEC is proposing revised regulations for child care centers and group child care homes. We believe that the proposed regulations will:

  • Protect the wellbeing of children in licensed care
  • Strengthen the trust that parents place in you as a provider

As a provider, you don’t need to do anything differently right now. Various agencies are reviewing the revised regulations. When they’re finalized and adopted, we will email you with information you need.

What’s the current status of the proposed regulations?

On June 4, OEC released a Notice of Decision that formally states we are moving forward with the proposed regulations. You can review the notice and other key documents on the Secretary of State’s eRegulations System.

Previously, OEC held 3 public comment periods along with public hearings. We’re grateful for the input from the provider community and other stakeholders.

What happens next?

  • The Office of the Attorney General will review the proposed regulations. They will either approve them or send OEC comments for revision within 30 days. 
  • Once approved, the proposed regulations are sent to the Legislative Regulations Review Committee (LRRC). This is the final step in the process.
  • After the regulations are adopted, OEC will notify all providers within 60 days. We will:
    • Provide a plain language summary of what’s changed and the new regulations you need to comply with
    • Post the regulations on our website

Changing child care regulations can be a long, complicated process. Thank you for your patience and support.