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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 4 Program Data

Child Care Regulation and Background Screening 2014-15, Quarter 3 Program Data
Measure April May June Quarter 4
Total
FY
2014-15 Total
Facility inspections 1,399 1,628 1,798 4,825 19,606
Facility complaints 124 133 143 400 1,611
Home inspections 355 479 376 1,210 4,440
Home complaints 8 8 7 23 116
Instructor led courses for child care personnel 431 301 253 985 3,474
Students in instructor led courses 7,885 8,167 3,896 19,948 58,213
Competency exams administered to child care personnel 11,529 11,877 9,056 32,462 108,179
On-line courses completed 9,799 11,788 14,632 36,219 111,740
Director credentials issued 249 269 408 926 3,582
Staff credentials issued 776 946 1,332 3,054 10,113
Background screenings requested 15,080 15,525 16,976 47,682 158,857
Calls received in the training and background screening call center 17,002 18,084 23,443 58,529 203,460

Child Care Regulation and Background Screening 2014-15, Quarter 3 Program Data
Measure April May June Quarter 4
Average
FY
2014-15
Average
Facilities compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.74% 99.91% 99.74% 99.80% 99.72%
Homes compliance with the 45-day window policy 99.63% 99.10% 100.00% 99.58% 99.82%
Child Care Facilities 4,643 4,648 4,650 4,647 4,637
Family Day Care Homes 1,249 1,239 1,225 1,238 1,274
Large Family Child Care Homes 318 315 314 316 315
Registered Homes 917 906 895 906 923
Capacity of All Child Care Arrangements 490,842 492,427 490,365 489,781 486,764