Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 290-2-3-.03 - Definitions

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through April 4, 2022

In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, the capitalized words and phrases set forth herein shall mean the following:

(a) "Adult" means any competent individual eighteen (18) years of age or older.
(b) "Adverse Action" means any Intermediate or Closure Action issued as a result of one or more rule violations.
(c) "Child" or "Children" means any person(s) under 18 years of age for whom child care service(s) is (are) provided in a Home. For purposes of these rules, the terms shall not include Children that are related to the License Holder or applicant as defined in these rules or Children whose Parent(s) reside in the same residence as the License Holder or applicant.
(d) "Closure Action" means the most restrictive category of Enforcement Actions including emergency closure, long-term suspension and revocation.
(e) "Comprehensive Records Check Determination" means a satisfactory or unsatisfactory determination by the Department, based upon a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint check, a search of the National Crime Information Centers National Sex Offender Registry, compliance with relevant state and federal law, and a search of the following registries, repositories or databases in the state where the actual or potential employee or provider resides and in each state where such individual resided during the preceding five years: criminal registry or repository; state sex offender registry or repository; and state based child abuse and neglect registry and database.
(f) "Crime" means:
1. Any felony pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-1A-30 and in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 9858f(c)(1)(E);
2. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-5-23, relating to simple battery, where the victim is a minor;
3. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-5-23.1, relating to battery, where the victim is a minor;
4. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-21-1, relating to contributing to the delinquency of a minor;
5. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-6-1 et seq. relating to sexual offenses;
6. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-5-29, relating to battery of an unborn child;
7. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-5-60, relating to reckless conduct causing harm when the victim is a minor;
8. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-5-70, relating to cruelty to children;
9. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-12-1.1, relating to child care facility operators being prohibited from employing or allowing to reside or be domiciled persons with certain past criminal violations;
10. A violation of O.C.G.A. §§ 16-12-100, 16-12-100.1, 16-12-100.2, 16-12-100.3, relating to obscenity and related offenses where the victim is a minor;
11. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391, relating to endangering a child while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
12. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 19-7-5, relating to a failing to report if mandated to do so by law;
13. Child pornography, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 9858f(c)(1)(E);
14. Abuse of, endangerment of, or sexual assault against a child by an adult, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 9858f(c)(1)(E);
15. Any other violent misdemeanor against a child by an adult, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 9858f(c)(1)(E);
16. A violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-4-1, relating to criminal attempt when the crime attempted is any of the crimes specified by this paragraph; or
17. Any other offenses committed in another jurisdiction which, if committed in this state, would be one of the enumerated crimes listed in this paragraph.
(g) "Criminal Record" means:
1. Conviction of a crime; or
2. Arrest, charge, and sentencing for a crime where:
i. A plea of nolo contendere was entered to the charge; or
ii. First offender treatment without adjudication of guilt pursuant to the charge was granted; provided, however, that this division shall not apply to a violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-13-1et seq., relating to controlled substances, or any other offense committed in another jurisdiction which, if it were committed in this state, would be a violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-13-1et seq. if such violation or offense constituted only simple possession; or
iii. Adjudication or sentence was otherwise withheld or not entered on the charge; provided, however, that this division shall not apply to a violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-13-1et seq. relating to controlled substances, or any other offense committed in another jurisdiction which, if it were committed in this state, would be a violation of Chapter 13 of Title 16 if such violation or offense constituted only simple possession; or
3. Arrest and being charged for a crime if the charge is pending, unless the time for prosecuting such crime has expired pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 17-3-1et seq.
(h) "Department" means Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
(i) "Employee" means any person, other than the Provider or Provisional Employee, who has submitted a Records Check Application and has received a satisfactory Comprehensive Records Check Determination and who:
1. Regardless of age, is compensated by a Home for the care of children;
2. Regardless of age, cares for, supervises or has unsupervised access to children at the Home; or
3. Is 17 years of age or older and resides at the Home; or
4. Regardless of age, performs duties for or services that benefit the Home, with or without compensation, which involve personal contact between that person and any child being cared for by the Home, including but not limited to volunteers that perform consistent services for the Home, where services are considered consistent when provided more than once in a ninety calendar day period; or
5. Regardless of age, is a parent or legal guardian of a child in care who is deemed an employee by the Home or either resides at the Home and is age 17 or older, or is compensated in any fashion by the Home except through appropriate state or federal funds; or
6. Regardless of age, is an independent contractor hired by the Home to offer supplemental educational or physical activities for Children in care; or
7. Regardless of age, is a Student-in-Training.
(j) "Enforcement Action" means any action issued as a result of one or more rule violations ranging from technical assistance to a Closure Action.
(k) "Family Child Care Learning Home" or "Home" means a private residence operated by any person who receives therein for pay for supervision and care fewer than 24 hours per day, without transfer of legal custody, at least three but not more than six Children under 13 years of age who are not Related to such persons and whose Parent(s) are not residents in the same private residence as the Provider and which is required to be licensed; provided, however, that the total number of unrelated Children cared for in such Home, for pay and not for pay, may not exceed six Children under 13 years of age at one time, except that a Provider may care for two additional children three years of age or older for two designated one hour periods daily upon approval by the Department.
(l) "Fingerprint" means any inked fingerprint card or an electronic image of a person's fingerprint.
(m) "Fingerprint Records Check Determination" means a satisfactory or unsatisfactory determination made by the Department that is based on national criminal history record information obtained by the use of Fingerprints.
(n) "Intermediate Action" means a moderately restrictive category of Enforcement Actions including public reprimands, fines, per rule fines, per day fines, restrictions, emergency monitoring and short-term suspension.
(o) "License" means the document issued by the Department to authorize the License Holder to whom it is issued to operate a Family Child Care Learning Home in accordance with these rules.
(p) "License Holder" means the individual issued a License by the Department to operate a Home at a particular location who is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Home and who primarily provides care in the Home in accordance with these rules.
(q) "Parent" means a person related within the second degree of consanguinity by either blood or marriage, or a person with lawful custody, or a state-regulated foster parent, or a legal guardian of a child in care. For purposes of these rules, a Parent shall not be considered an Employee unless such Parent is deemed an Employee by the Home or either resides in the Home or is compensated in any way by the Home other than through appropriate state or federal funds.
(r) "Plan of Correction" means a written plan prepared by the License Holder or applicant and submitted to and approved by the Department which states the procedure(s), method(s) and time frame(s) that will be used to correct the area(s) of noncompliance with these rules.
(s) "Prevention Action" means the least restrictive category of Enforcement Actions including technical assistance, citation, formal notice letter and office conference.
(t) "Provider" means the License Holder or applicant of a Family Child Care Learning Home who has submitted a Records Check Application and has received a satisfactory Comprehensive Records Check Determination and who is also the person that primarily provides care in the Home.
(u) "Provisional Employee" means a person other than the Provider or Employee, who has submitted a Records Check Application to become an Employee and has not received a Comprehensive Records Check Determination but who has received a satisfactory Fingerprint Records Check Determination and who must be supervised at all times by another Staff member who has a current and valid satisfactory Comprehensive Records Check Determination on file.
(v) "Records Check Application" means a document created by the Department to be completed and submitted to the Department by every actual and potential Provider, Employee and Provisional Employee of the Home that indicates such information as the Department deems appropriate and which authorizes the Department to receive any sex offender registry, child abuse and neglect registry and criminal history record information pertaining to the individual from any local, state or national agency of appropriate jurisdiction and render a Fingerprint or Comprehensive Records Check Determination.
(w) "Records Check Clearance Date" means the date upon which an individual's fingerprint report was generated.
(x) "Related" or "Related Children" means children that are related to the Provider within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity by either blood or marriage (i.e. sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, first cousins), or under the legal guardianship, custody or state-regulated foster care of the Provider.
(y) "Staff" or "Personnel" means all persons including the Provider, Employees and Provisional Employees.
(z) "Supervision" and "Supervised" means that the Provider or authorized Adult providing care is alert, is providing watchful oversight to the Children, is able to respond promptly to the needs and actions of the Children and can intervene promptly in the case of an emergency.
(aa) "Student-in-Training" means a student currently enrolled in either a high school recognized by the Department of Education or an early education curriculum through an accredited school of higher education which requires or permits the student to observe and participate in the care of Children at a Home during a limited period of time, i.e., one quarter, one trimester or one semester, provided that they are under the direct supervision of Home personnel at all times.
(bb) "Valid Evidence" means either paper or electronic proof of a satisfactory Fingerprint Records Check Determination or a satisfactory Comprehensive Records Check Determination as follows:
1. Providers - a valid and current satisfactory Comprehensive Records Check Determination letter issued by the Department; provided that the letter for the Provider must have a Records Check Clearance Date that is no older than the immediate preceding 12 months of the date of licensure of the Home, and the Provider has not had a lapse of employment from the child care industry that lasted for 180 days (6 months) or longer;
2. Provisional Employees - a valid and current satisfactory Fingerprint Records Check Determination issued by the Department; provided that the letter for a newly hired Provisional Employee must have a Records Check Clearance Date that is within the immediate preceding 12 months of the Provisional Employee's date of hire, and the Provisional Employee has not had a lapse of employment from the child care industry that lasted for 180 days (6 months) or longer;
3. Employees - a valid and current satisfactory Comprehensive Records Check Determination letter issued by the Department; provided that the letter for a newly hired Employee must have a Records Check Clearance Date that is within the immediate preceding 12 months of the Employee's date of hire, and the Employee has not had a lapse of employment from the child care industry that lasted for 180 days (6 months) or longer.
(cc) "Violation Class" means the category on the compliance and enforcement chart that corresponds with the level of risk of harm or actual harm as a result of a rule violation.
(dd) "Violation History Level" means the category on the compliance and enforcement chart that corresponds with the prior history of continued rule violations.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 290-2-3-.03
O.C.G.A. § 20-1A-1et seq., 42 U.S.C. § 9857 et seq.
Original Rule entitled "Other Requirements" adopted. F. Jan. 30, 1974; eff. Feb. 19, 1974. Repealed: F. Oct. 1, 1974; eff. Oct. 21, 1974. Amended: New Rule entitled "Staff Requirements" adopted. F. Feb. 21, 1983; eff. Mar. 23, 1983, as specified by the Agency. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Definitions" adopted. F. Feb. 4, 1994; eff. Mar. 1, 1994, as specified by the Agency. Amended: F. Aug. 16, 2013; eff. Sept. 5, 2013. Amended: F. Dec. 13, 2013; eff. Jan. 2, 2014. Amended: F. Dec. 4, 2015; eff. Dec. 24, 2015. Amended: F. June 2, 2016; eff. June 22, 2016. Amended: F. May 26, 2017; eff. June 15, 2017. Amended: F. Aug. 17, 2018; eff. Sept. 6, 2018. Amended: F. Aug. 28, 2019; eff. Sept. 17, 2019.

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