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  • Information about the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been moved to a new, separate area. Information provided by DCDEE related to COVID-19 and child care providers, settings and health precautions can now be found on the Coronavirus Information for Child Care page.



Important Notice to all Child Care Providers affected by Hurricane Florence - 2018

Hurricane Florence Recovery Updates - be aware of potential asbestos exposure and lead exposure

The Division of Public Health has asked that the Division of Child Development and Early Education provide this important information to child care providers who may be required to complete facility renovations or repairs due to damage from Hurricane Florence.

Important Notice to all Child Care Providers
affected by Hurricane Florence - 2018

Asbestos Requirements:

To protect children and any building occupants from asbestos exposure, it is a federal and state requirement that property owners or managers utilize the services of an accredited inspector to document any presence of asbestos building materials BEFORE conducting any renovation or demolition activities.  

Only NC asbestos accredited professionals may remove friable/regulated asbestos. To find accredited asbestos professionals for both inspection and removal, visit the following website:

Lead-Based Paint Requirements:

To protect children and any building occupants from lead exposure in child care facilities that were built before 1978, owners must assume that lead paint is present, or inspect for lead-based paint (LBP) before disturbing painted components.   

Only NC certified LBP professionals may disturb lead-based paint. To find certified LBP professionals, visit the following website:

If you have questions regarding these requirements contact the NC Health Hazards Control Unit (HHCU) at





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