All staff members employed by the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center are mandated reporters of child abuse or maltreatment. It is the legal responsibility of a mandated reporter to make a report to the State Central Registry (SCR) if in his or her professional role at the Center he or she has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment or acquires information in any way about a suspected case of child abuse or maltreatment.
Under no circumstance will the Center carry out its own investigation into an allegation or suspicion of abuse or maltreatment. Full cooperation will be given to any and all properly identified representatives from Child Protective Services (CPS), New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS) or law enforcement agencies looking into a suspected instance of child abuse or maltreatment involving the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center in any way requested. EMCCC will comply fully with all CPS and OCFS rules and regulations regarding investigations into child abuse or maltreatment. Detailed information regarding rules and regulations of investigations of child abuse or maltreatment is readily available in the office for parents to review upon request.
The details of CPS and/or OCFS investigations will be kept confidential, with information given out to authorized recipients on a “need to know” basis only. EMCCC may be prohibited to contact the parent of a child named in a suspected instance of child abuse or maltreatment. Information will be provided to the parent from EMCCC only if CPS and OCFS give permission to do so.
Parents must inform their child’s teacher of any visible injuries or marks on a child (accidental or other) as soon as the child arrives at the Center. It is in the best interest of the parent to tell the teacher how the injury occurred and what, if any, action had been taken to care for the injury. This will be documented on our standard accident/incident report form and kept in the child’s file.
You will be promptly informed if during your child’s day at the Center he or she is injured or sustains a mark or abrasion on his or her skin (accidental or other), or if a previously unreported mark or injury to the skin is discovered. This will also be documented on our standard incident/accident report form and kept on file.
If you suspect that abuse or maltreatment of your child has occurred (at EMCCC or otherwise) you may report it by calling the hotline (Public Hotline: 800-342-3720).
In the event that any employee or employees of the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center are named as the subject(s) of an investigation of a suspected case of child abuse or maltreatment, the appropriate action will be taken to ensure the safety of all children at the Center.