Standards for Approval of Private Preschools
This rule applies to private preschools that intend to provide a preschool setting, early intervention (EI) or early childhood special education (ECSE) and related services, in accordance with an individual family service plan IFSP to children with disabilities ages birth to five placed in the preschool by the contractor or subcontractor.
Public programs including preschools operated by school districts. Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten, Head Start, Migrant Seasonal Head Start, Tribal Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Education preschools, and Even Start Family Literacy programs.
Requirement for approval:
Private preschools that intend to provide EI or ECSE and related services and/or a preschool setting under a written agreement with an EI/ECSE contractor or subcontractor must submit an application for initial approval and an annual application for renewal to the Department on a form provided by the Department, in accordance with this rule.
A current Certificate of Approval from the Department of Employment’s Child Care Division may be submitted in place of certain requirements as specified below, provided that:
The Certificate of Approval is maintained throughout the approval period; or
If the Certificate of Approval will expire during the approval term, the private school submits a new Certificate of Approval to the Department before the expiration date to maintain approved status.
The application for initial approval must include documentation that the private preschool meets the following requirements:
The applicable fire codes of the local or state fire marshal, including an annual inspection and documentation of correction of any violations;
A copy of the initial facility occupancy and use standards set forth by the appropriate local building inspector;
Health standards of the county health department (including annual inspection and correction of any violations for environmental health, food service, and communicable disease);
A regular schedule of staff evaluations of the competencies of all employees to work with children.
The application for initial approval must also include the following:
Documentation that the private preschool has in effect commercial general liability insurance with policy limits of at least $500,000 per school site.
The private preschool must provide the Department with the name of the insurance company, the number of the insurance policy, the policy limits covered by the policy, and the effective term of the policy.
If policy will expire during the approval year, the private school must submit documentation to the Department before the expiration date to maintain approval status.
The private school’s policy of nondiscrimination.
The application for initial approval must include assurances that the private preschool:
Uses curriculum content, teaching practices and equipment that do not violate the constitutional prohibition on religious entanglement;
Implements each child’s IFSP in accordance with the private preschool’s written agreement with the EI/ECSE contractor or subcontractor responsible for the child’s placement;
Maintains the confidentiality of student records consistent with state and federal laws relating to student records;
Notifies the Department and the contracting EI/ECSE contractor or subcontractor of any written complaint it receives for the EI/ECSE programs and services being provided;
Notifies the contracting EI/ECSE contractor or subcontractor of the need for any change in a child’s educational program and does not make changes in a child’s IFSP, program, services, or placement, unless the contracting EI/ECSE contractor or subcontractor consents to the changes;