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Web Policy


Disclaimer

The Office of Early Childhood Development provides links to many web sites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by The Office of Early Childhood Development or any organization affiliated with The Office of Early Childhood Development, and as such The Office of Early Childhood Development is not responsible for the content of those web sites. Use of information obtained from those web sites is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. Reference at those web sites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by The Office of Early Childhood Development. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Use of "Cookies"


"Cookies" are small files either stored on a server or sent back to a visiting computer. In certain applications user information is stored as "cookies" of the type that are then sent back and stored on the user's computer. Any application or web page that uses cookies will identify itself as such. This information is handled in the same way as other user information obtained by The Office of Early Childhood Development. No user information is gathered through cookies except for that needed to run the specific application. 


Linking Policy


This web portal may contain hypertext links to external web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than The Office of Early Childhood Development. These hypertext links may be created by The Office of Early Childhood Development if it determines that establishing the external link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this web portal, which is to significantly and diligently promote public service to citizens and businesses by:

In addition, hypertext links may be created by The Office of Early Childhood Development for informational purposes where the linked external web site will provide useful and valuable information to visitors to this web portal, or where the linked external web site is required or authorized by law.

The Office of Early Childhood Development, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the external web site meets the purpose of this web portal or for the specified informational purposes. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external web site is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked web site, the organizations sponsoring said web site, or any views that might be expressed or referenced in the web site.

Hypertext links to external web sites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of The Office of Early Childhood Development, at any time without notice.

In the event you discover problems with or have concerns regarding the format, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of a linked external web site, please contact the organization responsible for the linked external web site -- The Office of Early Childhood Development does not control nor is it responsible for any linked external web sites, pages, or content.

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Downloads and Plug-ins

The Office of Early Childhood Development provides content in several formats that require plug-ins, or separate browser components, to properly view. All required plug-ins are free to use. If your browser or assistive technology cannot view the content using the plug-in, please contact Customer Service for an alternate version of the content.

The Plug-ins used are:
Adobe Reader
Microsoft Word Reader
Microsoft PowerPoint Reader
Macromedia Flash Player

 

Privacy Policies

The Virginia Department of Social Services only collects personal information to the extent necessary to provide services or benefits.

Use, collection, and retention of customer information at The Office of Early Childhood Development
For each visitor, we collect information about the Internet Protocol (IP) address, type of browser used, the date and time of the visit, and the IP addresses of the locations to which the visitor linked during his or her visit to our Web site. This information is strictly used for statistical reporting purposes.

We only collect, retain and use personal information where we believe it is essential (and allowed by law) to administer our business and to provide products, services and other opportunities requested by our customers.

Restrictions on the disclosure of customer information
We do not sell or rent our subscribers’ information to any outside company or organization. We do not reveal specific information about subscribers or other personally identifiable data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use, except if required to do so by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act( FOIA)or other law.

Protection of information via established security procedures

We maintain security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to customer information to prevent unauthorized removal or alteration of data.

Maintenance of accurate information
We have established procedures to ensure that information is as accurate and current as is practical to enable us to conduct business with you. Although we strive to do things right the first time, we also respond to requests to correct inaccurate information in a timely manner.

Limiting employee access to information

Our network manager is instructed to limit employee access to personally identifiable information to only those employees who need access in order to perform their assigned duties. The network manager is instructed to enforce with its staff their responsibilities in protecting subscriber’s information.

Privacy issues relating to the Federal Child Privacy Act
The Federal Child Privacy Act regulates Web site's collection of personal information on users under 18 years of age. We do not intentionally collect such information on anyone we know to be under 18 years of age. If such information is inadvertently obtained, the minor's parent or legal guardian may contact The Office of Early Childhood Development for a description of the specific types of personal information collected from the child and the options available to them under law to ensure their child's safety.


P3P

The Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, is emerging as an industry standard providing a simple, automated way for users to gain more control over the use of personal information on Web sites they visit. At its most basic level, P3P is a standardized set of multiple-choice questions, covering all the major aspects of a Web site's privacy policies. Taken together, they present a clear snapshot of how a site handles personal information about its users. P3P-enabled Web sites make this information available in a standard, machine-readable format. P3P enabled browsers can "read" this snapshot automatically and compare it to the consumer's own set of privacy preferences. P3P enhances user control by putting privacy policies where users can find them, in a form users can understand, and, most importantly, enables users to act on what they see. The Virginia portal continues to be P3P compliant.


Changes

The Office of Early Childhood Development reserves the right to change this privacy policy as necessary.

 

Contact us

We welcome your comments and invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns by contacting us:
Virginia Department of Social Services
Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD)
801 East Main Street
Richmond, VA  23219-3301
or
info.earlychildhood@dss.virginia.gov

 

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Virginia Department of Social Services
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development
WyteStone Building
801 East Main Street
Richmond, VA  23219
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