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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 3 Program Data

Child Care Regulation and Background Screening 2015-16, Quarter 3 Program Data
Measure January February March Quarter 3
Total
FY
2015-16 Total
Facility inspections 1,659 1,445 1,896 5,000 14,083
Facility complaints 26 55 83 164 620
Home inspections 241 238 313 792 2,361
Home complaints 2 3 8 13 37
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 268 378 444 1,090 3,025
Students in instructor led courses 4,820 5,567 8,659 19,046 47,041
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 12,546 10,550 11,889 34,985 90,634
On-line courses completed 10,120 8,808 9,945 28,873 82,176
Director credentials issued 262 257 268 787 2,619
Staff credentials issued 731 837 767 2,335 7,705
Calls received in the training call center 9,935 9,926 10,219 30,080 115,671
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.38% 99.78% 99.86% 99.67% 99.74%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 100.00% 100.00% 99.22% 99.74% 99.83%
Child Care Facilities 4,700 4,695 4,719 4,705 4,690
Family Day Care Homes 1,192 1,181 1,178 1,184 1,197
Large Family Child Care Homes 306 306 304 305 308
Registered Homes 844 840 832 839 842
Religious Homes 380 406 409 398 396
Capacity of All Child Care Arrangements 533,363 533,915 536,174 534,484 534,371