Partners and stakeholders can provide essential support to building a safe ECE siting program. Identifying and training these groups can provide an effective strategy to sustaining and expanding the capacity of a program.
Identifying Partners and Stakeholders
Among the many potential partners and stakeholders for a safe siting program are the following:
- ECE inspectors.
- ECE licensing boards.
- ECE owners/operators.
- Local, territorial, tribal and state planning and zoning officials.
- Local, territorial, tribal and state health department officials.
- Local, territorial, tribal and state environmental protection officials.
- Other stakeholders identified as part of the state safer siting program.
Chapter 4 contains a complete discussion about potential partners.
Table 6.1. Potential questions to discuss with your ECE safe siting partners and stakeholders
|ECE program licensing agencies
- Does the licensing agency reside at the state, county, or local level?
- How frequently are ECE programs inspected? By whom?
- How many ECE programs are licensed?
- Are there any third party certifications for ECE programs?
- Are there different categories of licensed ECE programs (e.g., family daycare, home daycare, child care facility, early learning centers, and child care center)?
- Does an ECE program need local zoning approval?
- What does a local zoning review process involve?
- If /when an ECE program needs to come before a planning board for approval, what is required? What considerations are discussed?
|Hazardous waste sites/contamination located near ECE programs
- Does anyone maintain lists of ECE programs, hazardous waste sites, and other locations/facilities using hazardous chemicals to see if they are located near each other? Are the locations geocoded?
- Do facilities using hazardous chemicals (e.g., nail salons, dry cleaners, auto body shops) receive inspections? How frequently do inspections occur?
- How is a hazardous waste site identified, assessed, and remediated?
- Do policies or regulations address proximity to potential environmental hazards when siting ECE programs? How is the policy or regulation administered? How is compliance demonstrated?
- Have maps been compiled that indicate locations at risk for elevated levels of naturally occurring contamination, such as radon, arsenic, and asbestos?