Child Care Program
The Washoe County Health District partners with Washoe County Department of Social Services to inspect all child care facilities under the Child Care Licensing Regulations. We work with the operators to ensure a healthy and environmentally safe facility for our communities’ children.
Facilities are inspected annually for cleaning and sanitization procedures, environmental hazards, employee health and hygiene, communicable disease knowledge and exclusion policies. To see the Field Guide we use to inspect facilities, click here.
Child cares may be required to maintain a kitchen permit, depending on the type of food activities conducted. Childcare facilities must maintain compliance with the Washoe County Regulations Governing Food Establishments
If a child care conducts cooking activities with the children, a written food safety plan is required.
If a child care facility has a garden that they harvest from for use in the child care, they must contact the Nevada Department of Agriculture to obtain a grower’s certificate.
An outbreak is defined as an unusual increase in illness. Child care facilities are required to track ill individuals in order to determine when they have an increase in illness.
Any suspected outbreak must be reported IMMEDIATELY to the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2447 AND to Washoe County Social Services at 775-337-4470.
Handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease. Hand sanitizer is never allowed as a substitute for handwashing. Facilities may find additional resources here.
Cleaning and Sanitizing Resources
Child care facilities are required to follow the Washoe County Social Services Regulations for cleaning and sanitizing all items in the facility. The Washoe County Health District recommends the use of bleach for sanitizing in child cares.
All child cares with kitchen permits are required to have test strips to monitor sanitizer concentration or final rinse temperatures of heat dish machines. These test strips are available online or through local retailers or chemicals supply companies. Sanitizer concentration for the kitchen is different than the child care and must meet the food regulations (50-100ppm chlorine or 200-400ppm quaternary ammonia).
We recognize that many child care facilities are going through the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) audit program. We have provided the following references regarding the QRIS standards and the applicable Health District Regulations.
- Child Care Inspection Fee
- Diapering Poster
- Communicable Disease Recommendations for Schools and Child Care Centers
- EPA Registered Hospital Disinfectants Effective Against Norovirus (Norwalk-like virus)
- Nevada Registry ( classes for child care operators)
- Caring for our children
- Sunscreen use in child cares
Contact the Program
If you suspect abuse or neglect please call the Washoe County Human Services Agency immediately at 1-833-900-7233 (SAFE).
To file an environmental health and safety complaint – Instructions to Submit a Complaint
- Click here to submit a Complaint or call 775.328.2434
Nick Florey, Senior Environmental Health Specialist
Last modified on 04/21/2022