Child Care Centers & Schools

Environmental health specialists inspect facilities that are licensed by the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) once every six month period. During these inspections, centers are evaluated based on sanitation, food handling practices, diapering methods, and the prevention of communicable diseases, as directed in the .2800 NC Rules.

School buildings are inspected once a school year and are assessed under the .2400 NC Rules.

Disease References

Online training series
Review of the NC rules pertaining to kitchen staff and food safety.

Below is a list of alternative chemicals that have been approved for use in child care centers and schools.  This list is comprised of products that have been submitted to this office for review and is not in any way a comprehensive list of available products on the market.  If you would like to submit a chemical for approval, please send in the brand, manufacturer, active ingredient and the directions for making the solution.  Typically, all of this information is found on the spec sheet label of the product.
If your center would like to use anything other than the bleach solution and it is on this list below, you must still notify this office so that documentation can be made.  

 Brand name  active ingredient contact time
for sanitizing
contact time
for disinfecting
 BruTab 6s sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione 48.21% 1 minute 10 minutes
Beyond Green thymol .23% not approved 2 minutes
 Maxima 128 didecyldimethylammonium chloride 2.5%  2 minutes 10 minutes
PureGreen 24 silver .003% not approved 2 minutes
a2b trichloromelamine 18.7%  2 minutes 10 minutes
Wepak Lemon Zip dodecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride 1.268% not approved 10 minutes
ChloroGlass trichloromelamine 18.7% 2 minutes 10 minutes


2013 Update on NC sanitation rules regarding child care centers


2800 Sanitation Update Video