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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.

2013-14, Quarter 4 Program Data

Measure April May June Quarter 4
Total
FY2013-14
Total
Facility inspections 2,085 2,120 1,915 6,120 18,706
Facility complaints 147 153 154 454 1,360
Home inspections 546 758 445 1,749 4,745
Home complaints 9 18 13 40 124
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 476 389 370 1,235 4,072
Students in instructor led courses 7,179 9,144 6,180 22,503 68,613
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 12,496 12,487 9,389 34,372 115,858
On-line courses completed 8,222 9,713 11,708 29,643 101,379
Director credentials issued 284 400 375 1,059 4,091
Staff credentials issued 911 1,282 1,022 3,215 11,504
Background screenings requested 14,604 19,092 21,251 54,947 161,848
Calls received in the training and background screening call center 17,409 16,764 18,186 52,359 195,121

Measure April May June Quarter 4
Average
FY2013-14
Average
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 95.12% 95.87% 99.69% 95.89% 96.66%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 94.00% 97.00% 97.97% 96.32% 96.36%
Child Care Facilities 4,631 4,622 4,593 4,615 4,639
Family Day Care Homes 1,337 1,336 1,329 1,334 1,369
Large Family Child Care Homes 315 314 318 316 313
Registered Homes 976 964 943 961 998