More children allowed in home day cares in Arapahoe County

Arapahoe County building code update improves access to in-home child care

Staff report
Posted 4/25/19

In-home day care centers now may have up to 12 children, according to changes made to the Arapahoe County Residential Building Code and adopted by the board of county commissioners, said a news …

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More children allowed in home day cares in Arapahoe County

Arapahoe County building code update improves access to in-home child care

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In-home day care centers now may have up to 12 children, according to changes made to the Arapahoe County Residential Building Code and adopted by the board of county commissioners, said a news release from the county.

The changes better align with state standards and improve access to in-home child care providers, the release said. State licensure allows up to 12 children, but the previous code allowed up to five children for in-home providers, before fire suppression modifications to the home were required, the release said.

“There's such a great need in our community for quality daycare options,” Commissioner Jeff Baker, chair of the board, said in the release. “This change in our building code will allow for more families to take advantage of affordable and safe child care and ensure the success of small businesses.”

Under the new regulations, in-home childcare providers must have specific means of egress, including two exits, fenced yards, specific locks and latches for exits. Providers are required to maintain third-party monitoring of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a technology advancement that alerts emergency services so daycare staff can focus on life-safety in the event of an emergency.

“Staff collaborated with multiple agencies and providers to find safe solutions for the gap that existed between state and county regulations,” Bryan Weimer, director of public works and development, said in the release. “The code amendment is a win for our agencies and residents to find more child care options from providers who offer the highest standards in safety.”

The county's new regulations can be found at www.arapahoegov.com/540/Building. Residents can view licensed day care providers at www.coloradoshines.com/search or https://gis.arapahoegov.com/arapasource/.

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