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Mississippi Day Care Centers / Child Care Centers – What Incidents Does the Facility Have a Duty to Report?

By Jay Foster, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Mississippi, Child care centers / day care centers are regulated by Title 15 – Department of Health – Part 111 (Office of Health Protection – Subpart 55 (Child Facilities Licensure). Pursuant to Regulation 106.01, the day care center / child care center has duty to report “serious occurrences involving children”. What is a serious occurrence? Under the regulations, a serious occurrence is an accident or incident requiring or involving extensive medical care, hospitalization; death, criminal arrest, alleged abuse or neglect; fire or other emergency type situations. The facility has a duty to orally notify the parents, enter the information / details into the child’s record for the day care center / child center, and to contact the Mississippi Child Licensing Agency.