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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 2 Program Data

Measure October November December Quarter 2
Total
FY
2014-15 Total
Facility inspections 1,600 1,379 1,761 4,740 9,768
Facility complaints 133 101 145 379 820
Home inspections 321 313 366 1,000 2,128
Home complaints 7 8 10 25 68
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 417 291 339 1,047 1,575
Students in instructor led courses 5,297 4,328 6,775 16,400 22,133
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 6,778 8,084 8,324 24,980 47,950
On-line courses completed 8,037 7,337 5,742 21,116 49,612
Director credentials issued 392 255 281 928 1,882
Staff credentials issued 858 637 585 2,080 5,063
Background screenings requested 12,215 9,437 10,818 32,470 74,783
Calls received in the training and background screening call center 15,482 11,165 10,310 36,957 94,342

Measure July August September Quarter 2
Average
FY
2014-15
Average
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.82% 99.81% 99.83% 99.82% 99.63%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 99.86%
Child Care Facilities 4,637 4,632 4,648 4,639 4,626
Family Day Care Homes 1,300 1,296 1,282 1,293 1,299
Large Family Child Care Homes 315 316 317 316 315
Registered Homes 937 921 925 928 930
Capacity of All Child Care Arrangements 487,238 487,632 487,878 487,583 485,470