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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 3 Program Data

Child Care Regulation and Background Screening 2014-15, Quarter 3 Program Data
Measure January February March Quarter 3
Total
FY
2014-15 Total
Facility inspections 1,731 1,815 1,647 5,193 14,961
Facility complaints 126 127 162 415 1,235
Home inspections 372 391 370 1,133 3,261
Home complaints 10 7 8 25 93
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 234 378 302 914 2,489
Students in instructor led courses 3,869 6,984 5,279 16,132 38,265
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 9,376 9,765 8,626 27,767 75,717
On-line courses completed 8,557 7,830 9,522 25,909 75,521
Director credentials issued 264 218 292 774 2,656
Staff credentials issued 683 701 612 1,996 7,059
Background screenings requested 11,408 11,974 14,057 37,439 108,915
Calls received in the training and background screening call center 15,344 14,066 16,383 50,589 144,931

Child Care Regulation and Background Screening 2014-15, Quarter 3 Program Data
Measure January February March Quarter 3
Average
FY
2014-15
Average
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.82% 99.91% 99.72% 99.82% 99.69%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 99.91%
Child Care Facilities 4,652 4,651 4,645 4,649 4,634
Family Day Care Homes 1,270 1,291 1,252 1,262 1,286
Large Family Child Care Homes 317 315 313 315 315
Registered Homes 920 930 925 925 928
Capacity of All Child Care Arrangements 489,124 489,854 490,365 489,781 486,764