Money

Make sure you received your Grant money

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

Child care center operators who have paid for a Preliminary Assessment for child care licensing requirements are eligible for a $1,500 Grant through the Hazardous Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF). Reviewing some of the sites that were completed years ago, we’re finding that quite a few child care centers have not received their funds.  This could have occurred by not filing…

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Search Tool Now Available For Child Care Centers

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

The State of New Jersey has developed a search tool for child care center inspection reports. The reports include the results of physical inspections, including environmental compliance, and deficiencies the New Jersey Department of Children and Families may have noted. The tool may be of use to families looking for suitable child care centers as well as facility owners and…

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Guidance Document

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

The NJDEP has released a Technical Guidance Document for Investigating Child Care Centers and Educational Facilities. The Guidance Document is useful for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) and child care operators looking to open or expand a child care center or school. Mr. Paul Sakson is a participant on the Guidance Document Committee. The full Guidance Document can be found…

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Provider Appreciation Day

By Paul Sakson / May 1, 2017

Friday May 12, 2017 is Provider Appreciation Day! Child care center providers and staff work tirelessly year-round to ensure the education, safety and well-being of the children being cared for. So it’s only fitting to give kudos every year to thank them for their hard work. Get some ideas on how to show your appreciation by visiting the Provider Appreciation…

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How Much Does It Cost?

By Paul Sakson / June 27, 2016

When opening a childcare center, it’s important to budget environmental compliance costs. Following are approximate costs one may expect: NJDEP Compliance: Preliminary Assessment (PA): $2,500-$4,000 Site Investigation (limited sampling, if required): $2,000-$5,000 NJDEP Fee: $0 NJDEP Grant for PA: -$1,500 NJDOH Compliance (if needed): Indoor Environmental Health Assessment: $2,000-$4,000 NJDOH Initial Fee: $1.500 Radon Testing: $500 to $2,000 With proper…

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Plan

Plan It. Build It. (And try not to change it).

By Paul Sakson / September 1, 2015

When planning a new play area for a child care center, it is important that the Licensed Site Remediation Professional know and understand the play area’s construction, size, and location on the property. This is needed to produce an accurate Response Action Outcome (RAO) letter which satisfies NJDEP requirements for child care licensing. The same could be said for indoor…

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Get your Letter of Prior Uses Early

By Paul Sakson / September 1, 2014

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) requires a letter from the municipality documenting past uses of the property. The Letter of Prior Uses is usually issued by the Building Department Construction Official, although may be issued by the Zoning Department in some towns. The letter will document if the site had ever operated in Groups F, H,…

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Money

$6.13 Million Liability

By Paul Sakson / June 2, 2014

A Superior Court judge found the two previous owners of the former Kiddie Kollege child care center site liable for remediation costs and non-compliance with NJDEP regulations. The total liability totaled $6.13 million. The Kiddie Kollege site is located in Franklin Township in Gloucester County and was historically used as a mercury thermometer manufacturing facility, Accutherm, Inc. Historic mercury contamination…

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