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Title Outdoor Nature-Based Preschool Programs
Status Sent to the Governor (05/16/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Human Services
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
J. Joseph (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (D)
J. Marchman (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/22/2024

The bill includes outdoor nature-based preschool programs
(outdoor programs) as a type of licensed child care center (center) in the
department of early childhood (department) for licensing-related matters.
No later than December 31, 2025, the executive director of the
department shall promulgate rules for centers operating as outdoor
programs. The rules must include, but are not limited to:
  • Land-use agreement requirements for outdoor programs
operating on public or private land;
  • Policies for site-specific alternate shelter plans;
  • Policies for site-specific risk mitigation plans;
  • Policies for site-specific emergency and disaster
preparedness plans;
  • Policies for site-specific evacuation plans; and
  • Policies and procedures for outdoor programs to opt out of
certain department requirements through the site-specific
risk mitigation plan.
The bill requires the department to provide training to licensing
staff who oversee outdoor program site inspections and to outdoor
program operators and staff.
The department shall collaborate with local fire departments on
fire prevention and protection requirements for outdoor programs. The
department shall collaborate with the department of public health and
environment on sanitary standards for outdoor programs.

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