The Office of the State Fire Marshal conducts surveys, reviews and inspections to determine that Day Care facilities throughout the State are in compliance with State Fire Prevention Regulations. This is authorized by a request from the Office of Child Care Licensing (DSCYF) in order to meet their obligation to approve “providers” to operate Day Cares in compliance with the guidelines of “Delacare”.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal accomplishes this assignment primarily through the following activities:

  • Annual inspections of existing Group Day Care Homes, Day Care Centers and other facilities utilized for the supervision of children.
  • Plan Review, Approval, and Inspection of all new Family Day Care Homes, Group Day Care Homes and Day Care Centers.

For purposes of the State Fire Prevention Regulation, the State Fire Marshal defines a day-care occupancy as one in which four or more clients receive care, maintenance, and supervision, by other than their relatives or legal guardians, for less than 24 hours per day. It is important to note that this definition applies to any facility that primarily provide supervision or care to children, regardless if they are identified as a child care, pre-school, learning center, or any other name.

Additionally, there are three categories of day-care occupancies. Each of them have slightly different requirements. The “traditional” day care which is typically associated with a commercial setting, serves 12 or more clients. Day care “homes” generally found within dwellings, comprises of Family Day Care Homes with 4, 5, or 6 unrelated clients and Group Day Care Homes with 7 to 12 clients.

Although the requirements of the State Fire Prevention Regulations are in force statewide, plan reviews and inspection services for Day Care occupancies within the city limits of Wilmington, Newark, Dover, and New Castle are provided by the City Fire Marshal of those jurisdictions.

Day Care Inspections Contact

R.T. Leicht, Chief of Technical Services
2307 MacArthur Road
New Castle, DE 19720-2426
302-323-5365
302-323-5366 fax

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