Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–2031. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Care giver” means an individual whose duties include direct care, supervision, and guidance of infants or children in a child development facility.

(2) “Child” or “children” means an individual or individuals from 2 years to 15 years of age.

(3) “Child development facility” means a center, home, or other structure that provides care and other services, supervision, and guidance for children, infants, and toddlers on a regular basis, regardless of its designated name. “Child development facility” does not include a public or private elementary or secondary school engaged in legally required educational and related functions or a pre-kindergarten education program licensed pursuant to the Pre-k Act of 2008.

(3A)(A) "Drinking water source" means a source of water from which a person can reasonably be expected to consume or cook with the water originating from the source.

(B) "Drinking water source" shall not include a source of water for which a child development facility posts a conspicuous sign pursuant to § 7-2051(b)(3).

(4) “Infant” means an individual younger than 12 months of age.

(5) “Licensee” means a child development facility that is licensed pursuant to this subchapter.

(6) “Person” means any individual, firm, partnership, company, corporation, trustee, or association.

(6A) “Pre-k Act of 2008” means Chapter 2A of Title 38 [§ 38-271.01 et seq.].

(7) “Related person” means any legal guardian or any of the following relationships established by marriage, adoption, or blood to the 5th degree:

(A) Parent or step-parent;

(B) Grandparent;

(C) Brother, sister, step-sister, or step-brother;

(D) Uncle or aunt; or

(E) Niece or nephew.

(7A) "Remediation steps" means, at a minimum, actions to:

(A) Decrease the elevated lead concentration in a drinking water source to 5 parts per billion or less; or

(B) Preclude people from consuming or cooking with water from a drinking water source.

(8) “Toddler” means an individual older than 12 months but less than 24 months of age.


(Apr. 13, 1999, D.C. Law 12-215, § 2, 46 DCR 274; July 18, 2008, D.C. Law 17-202, § 603(a), 55 DCR 6297; Sept. 23, 2017, D.C. Law 22-21, § 5(a), 64 DCR 7631.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-3621.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 8-231.01.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-202, in par. (3), substituted “related functions or a pre- kindergarten education program licensed pursuant to the Pre-k Act of 2008” for “related functions”; and added par. (6A).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(a) of Parent-led Play Cooperative Emergency Amendment Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-494, Oct. 23, 2018, 65 DCR12074).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6132(a) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6132(a) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary regulation of child development facilities, see §§ 2-21 of the Child Development Facilities Regulation Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-206, December 15, 1997, 44 DCR 346).

For temporary addition of subchapter II, see §§ 2-21 of the Child Development Facilities Regulation Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-511, November 10, 1998, 45 DCR 8153), and §§ 2-21 of the Child Development Facilities Regulation Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-11, February 8, 1999, 46 DCR 2322).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of §§ 7-2031 to 7-2050, see §§ 2 to 21 of Child Development Facilities Regulation Temporary Act of 1997 (D.C. Law 12-71, March 20, 1998, law notification 45 DCR 2106).

Editor's Notes

Section 10 of D.C. Law 22-21 repealed §§ 6131 to 6134 of D.C. Law 22-33 before D.C. Law 22-33 became effective as law, which would have amended this section.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Act 13-11, the “Child Development Facilities Regulation Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999”, see Mayor’s Order 99-66, April 28, 1999 ( 46 DCR 4231).

Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Law 12-215, the “Child Development Facilities Regulation Act of 1998”, see Mayor’s Order 2000-124, August 3, 2000 ( 47 DCR 6808).