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Child Care Regulation and Background Screening

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The Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening is statutorily responsible for the administration of child care licensing and training throughout Florida. This program ensures that children are well cared for in a safe, healthy, positive and educational environment by trained, qualified and screened child care staff. The program currently regulates or provides oversight for licensed child care facilities, licensed family day care homes, licensed large family child care homes, registered family day care homes and licensed specialized facilities for the care of mildly ill children in 62 of the 67 counties in Florida. In addition, the Office administers background screening clearances, disqualifications and exemptions for all 67 counties across multiple programs units.

2015-16, Quarter 1 Program Data

Child Care Regulation and Background Screening 2015-16, Quarter 1 Program Data
Measure July August September Quarter 1
Total
FY
2015-16 Total
Facility inspections 1,703 1,349 1,549 4,601 4,601
Facility complaints 126 111 80 317 317
Home inspections 238 253 299 790 790
Home complaints 9 5 3 17 17
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 242 94 354 690 690
Students in instructor led courses 2,774 687 4,970 8,431 8,431
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 8,944 6,500 10,569 26,013 26,013
On-line courses completed 10,762 10,827 8,559 30,148 30,148
Director credentials issued 339 404 332 1,075 1,075
Staff credentials issued 1,014 1,220 968 3,202 3,202
Calls received in the training and background screenings call center 24,467 17,327 19,128 60,922 60,922
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.81% 100.00% 99.45% 99.75% 99.75%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Child Care Facilities 4,631 4,655 4,686 4,657 4,657
Family Day Care Homes 1,212 1,211 1,202 1,208 1,208
Large Family Child Care Homes 315 315 308 313 313
Registered Homes 888 888 826 867 867
Religious Homes 402 405 395 401 401
Capacity of All Child Care Arrangements 533,793 533,669 525,494 530,985 530,985