Day Care Centers Lead Inspections
Lead-Free and Lead-Safe Certification
ChildCare Connection used to operate three daycare centers at CCRI, one at the Flanagan, one at the Liston and one at the Knight Campus. The daycare centers are presently closed. Daycare centers are licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF). The CCRI centers serviced preschoolers between the ages of three and five. CCRI continues to maintain the daycare centers so they can be recertified and reopened promptly if needed in the future.
The Rhode Island Department of Health requires lead-safe certification of any new daycare facility and yearly re-inspection for it to retain its lead-safe status. All CCRI day care centers were inspected by outside licensed environmental laboratories at the time of opening and have been re-inspected yearly. All have been certified as lead safe and the results reported to the Rhode Island Department of Health Environmental Lead Program.
The Flanagan Campus Day Care Center was first inspected and certified lead-safe in November 1998. The newly outfitted Liston Campus center was first certified lead-free in June 1999 and requires no yearly recertification. The newly-built Knight Campus daycare was inspected and certified lead-free in September 2001 and requires no yearly recertification. CCRI arranges for an independent laboratory to re-inspect the Flanagan Campus daycare center yearly. The latest test was done March 2008. The Rhode Island Department of Health has renewed the lead-safe certification status of the Flanagan daycare center for the standard one year period. The Flanagan center will be re-inspected in March 2009 to maintain its lead-safe status.
See Flanagan Campus 2009 Lead-Safe Certificate - PDF file*
Questions about the lead free or safe status of the centers may be directed to the Rhode Island Department of Health Environmental Lead Program at 401-222-3424 or to CCRI's EH& S staff. The RIDOH also maintains an informational Lead Poisoning Web Page at http://www.health.ri.gov/lead/index.php.
Links with information on protecting children from lead poisoning can be obtained from the EPA's website at http://www.epa.gov/lead/.