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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 2 Program Data

Child Care Regulation and Background Screening 2015-16, Quarter 2 Program Data
Measure October November December Quarter 2
Total
FY
2015-16 Total
Facility inspections 1,463 1,366 1,653 4,482 9,083
Facility complaints 49 47 43 139 456
Home inspections 271 250 258 779 1,569
Home complaints 3 1 3 7 24
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 264 722 259 1,245 1,935
Students in instructor led courses 3,501 12,263 3,800 19,564 27,995
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 8,783 10,827 10,026 29,636 55,649
On-line courses completed 8,799 7,846 6,510 23,155 53,303
Director credentials issued 265 227 265 757 1,832
Staff credentials issued 1,014 1,220 968 3,202 3,202
Calls received in the training call center 10,037 7,742 6,890 24,669 85,591
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.58% 99.84% 100.00% 99.81% 99.78%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.28% 100.00% 100.00% 99.76% 99.88%
Child Care Facilities 4,710 4,709 4,706 4,708 4,683
Family Day Care Homes 1,201 1,201 1,193 1,198 1,203
Large Family Child Care Homes 309 308 305 307 310
Registered Homes 822 804 839 822 844
Religious Homes 392 389 388 390 395
Capacity of All Child Care Arrangements 537,186 537,878 537,756 537,607 510,215