Lead Safe Childcare in Connecticut
The United States banned lead in paint in 1978. Any child care center or home constructed before 1978 could still have lead based paint which must be kept in good condition. Deteriorated lead based paint, lead in soil, and lead dust or water could pose a danger to the children in care.
In an effort to protect children where they learn and play, licensed child care centers and group child care homes located in buildings constructed before 1978 must have a comprehensive lead inspection completed or on file with the Office of Early Childhood and the local health department/district. Please consult your Office of Early Childhood Licensing Specialist for more information.
Child care providers must maintain surfaces that they know or suspect may contain lead based paint to protect children from exposure to lead. The most common sources of lead exposure are from chipping or peeling paint, lead dust, and lead in bare soil. See Preventing Lead Poisoning in Your Child Care Facility.
If lead hazards are remediated inside your center you will be required to have Clearance Dust Wipes collected to verify the work was completed in a lead safe manner.
If you are instructed to obtain a lead inspection you must hire a licensed lead consultant. Below is a fact sheet on how to use the State of Connecticut’s eLicense Website to generate a roster of lead consultants.
- Who to Hire for a Lead Inspection or Clearance Lead Dust Wipe Sampling
- RRP Pamphlet for Child Care Providers
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Steps to correct lead hazards will differ based on the type of license you hold.
Child Care Center and Group Child Care operators: will be required to remediate the identified lead hazards using a contractor trained in lead safe work practices.*
Family Child Care Homes providers (owned or rented NO CHILDREN UNDER 6 IN RESIDENCE): will be required to remediate lead hazards using a contractor trained in lead safe work practices. A Lead Hazard Remediation Plan will need to be developed and submitted to the CT Department of Public Health, Lead, Radon, & Healthy Homes Program for review and approval.
Family Child Care Homes providers (owned or rented: WITH CHILDREN UNDER 6 IN RESIDENCE): if a child under the age of 6 resides in a home licensed as a Family Child Care Home the provider will be required to abate the lead hazards identified during the lead inspection. Per 19a-111 of the CT DPH Public Health Code, when lead hazards are identified in the home of a child under the age of 6 all hazards must be abated using a CT DPH Licensed Lead Abatement professional.
Click here Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window for the full statute. A Lead Abatement Plan must be developed and submitted to your local health department or district for review and approval.
Contact your lead consultant or your local health department Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new windowfor assistance and guidance.
Model Lead Hazard Remediation Plan for Child Day Care Facilities
If lead hazards are found in your child care center or group child care home during the lead inspection you will be required to remediate them in a lead safe way using a contractor trained in lead safe work practices.
Click here to find a licensed contractor. It is important that the work be done while your facility is closed and lead safe work practices used.
After the work is completed a Lead Hazard Remediation Plan is then required. Your consultant can write a Lead Hazard Remediation Plan for you or you can develop one using the template Model Lead Hazard Remediation Plan below. Please reach out to your OEC Licensing Specialist or local health department staff for additional guidance and information.
- View an example of a Model Lead Hazard Remediation Plan
If you have intact surfaces or soil that been identified as containing lead based paint you will required to monitor those surfaces and the soil to ensure they do not pose a hazard to the children in your care. You can obtain a Lead Management Plan from your lead consultant or you can use the template below to create a plan. Please be advised the Lead Management Plan for your facility must be reviewed and approved by your local health department or district.
Below is the link to the OEC website, Statutes and Regulations:
- Family Child Care Homes: http://www.ct.gov/oec/lib/oec/licensing/childcare/family_statsregs.pdf
- Child Care Centers and Group Child Care Homes: http://www.ct.gov/oec/lib/oec/licensing/childcare/centers_statsregs.pdf
- Preventing Lead Poisoning in Your Day Care Facility
- Lead Paint Safety – A Field Guide
- Step to Lead Safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting
- Lead in Drinking Water Factsheet