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Environmental Requirements for New Child Care Facilities

Environmental Requirements for NEW Child Care Facilities

Before a license to operate a child care center can be issued, Department of Children and Families (DCF) regulations require applicants to fulfill environmental requirements by obtaining a Child Care Facility Approval (CCFA) Letter issued by NJDEP, or a Response Action Outcome (RAO) issued by a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), as well as Safe Drinking Water Certification.

  • If a child care facility is located on a site that is subject to P.L. 2007, Chapter 1 ("Madden legislation"), an LSRP must be hired to conduct a Preliminary Assessment (PA), at a minimum, and issue a RAO.
  • If the child care facility is located on a site that is not subject to the Madden Legislation, the use of an LSRP is not required. Any environmental consultant can be hired to conduct a PA, at a minimum. Reports should be sent to NJDEP for review and issuance of a CCFA.

Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) Grants

Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) grants are available to an existing or prospective owner or operator of a child care facility that is licensed or who has applied for a license with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The grant is available for reimbursement up to a maximum amount of $1500, for a complete Preliminary Assessment report.

The HDSRF grant application is available at this website: ww.nj.gov/dep/srp/finance/hdsrf/hdsrf_ccfg.htm.

All deficiencies identified by the Department must be resolved within 90 days or the application will be deemed withdrawn.

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