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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.

2014-15, Quarter 1 Program Data

Measure July August September Quarter 1
Total
FY
2014-15 Total
Facility inspections 1,713 1,623 1,692 5,028 5,028
Facility complaints 158 132 151 441 441
Home inspections 411 354 363 1,128 1,128
Home complaints 21 5 17 43 43
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 195 141 192 528 528
Students in instructor led courses 1,904 1,557 2,272 5,733 5,733
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 6,778 8,666 7,526 22,970 22,970
On-line courses completed 10,685 9,559 8,222 28,496 28,496
Director credentials issued 349 307 298 954 954
Staff credentials issued 892 1,173 918 2,983 2,983
Background screenings requested 13,749 15,515 13,035 42,298 42,298
Calls received in the training and background screening call center 20,575 18,983 17,830 57,385 57,385

Measure July August September Quarter 1
Average
FY2014-15
Average
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 98.95% 99.63% 99.73% 99.44% 99.44%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.56% 99.60% 100.00% 99.72% 99.72%
Child Care Facilities 4,592 4,614 4,631 4,612 4,612
Family Day Care Homes 1,306 1,304 1,304 1,305 1,305
Large Family Child Care Homes 318 313 313 315 315
Registered Homes 931 934 933 933 933
Capacity of All Child Care Arrangements 483,228 483,057 483,374 483,886 483,886