Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 9: Administration

9.1 Governance

9.1.0 Written Delegation of Administrative Authority

There should be written delegation of administrative authority, designating the person in charge of the facility and the person(s) in charge of individual children, for all hours of operation.
Caregivers/teachers are responsible for the protection of the children in their care at all times. In group care, each child must be assigned to an adult to ensure individual children are supervised and individual needs are addressed. Children should not be placed in the care of unauthorized family members or other individuals (1-8).
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Ratios for Small Family Child Care Homes Ratios for Large Family Child Care Homes and Centers Ratios for Facilities Serving Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities
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