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Child Care Center Inspections

Under the sanitation regulations, child care facilities must be inspected at least twice a year. These sanitation inspections are unannounced and are carried out by authorized Environmental Health Specialists (EHS) employed in the local Health Department. Elements evaluated include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleanliness
  • Structure and equipment in good repair
  • Food preparation and storage
  • General storage
  • Hand washing, diaper-changing, and other equipment sanitizing procedures
  • Lead hazards
  • Bathrooms, diaper-changing areas
  • Water quality (e.g. temperatures)
  • Waste disposal
  • Safety (child hot water access, carbon monoxide alarms, locked hazardous materials)

Copies of inspections can be obtained by contacting the Program Secretary at 704-336-5101

Demerit Categories
Sanitation ratings of child care facilities are based on the assigned demerit score. The numeric values for the items evaluated are pre-set by the State.
Classifications are as follows:
Superior: 0-15 demerits, no 6 demerit critical item
Approved: 16-30 demerits, no 6 demerit critical item
Provisional: 31-45 demerits or a 6 demerit item
Disapproved: 46+ demerits or failure to improve provisional classification within the specified time period

Child Care Center sanitation ratings can be searched online.

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