For Immediate Release: April 30, 2015
Summer Camp Registration Open on MyFLFamilies.com
Summer Camp operators can register and submit background screening on DCF website
TALLAHASSEE – Summer camp season is quickly approaching, and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) wants to remind summer camp owners and operators to register on the department website which serves as an important tool for parents to help ensure their child is in a safe summer camp program.
Florida law requires all camp owners, operators, employees and volunteers to submit to background screens for state and federal criminal histories. DCF publishes a self-reported list of summer camps that have acknowledged state screening requirements. While the department is not authorized to license or inspect camps, DCF will investigate complaints and concerns related to background screenings of summer camp staff.
The department recently began utilizing the Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse to screen summer camps and other care providers. The Clearinghouse provides a single data source for background screening results, for persons screened for employment or licensure, and will allow the results of criminal history checks to be shared among agencies. Providers will benefit from using this new database through reduced costs and immediate up-to-date notifications for all staff screened through this new tool.
Parents are encouraged to take time to research and learn about any summer camp programs they are considering for their children. In addition to the summer camp listing, DCF has provided a checklist of questions to ask when selecting a program. Tips include checking:
- Health and safety policies and procedures
- Staff-to-child ratios and group sizes
- Staff qualifications, training, experience and education
- Verification of background screening of all staff members
For necessary forms and more information on the Clearinghouse, please visit www.myflfamilies.com/backgroundscreening.
Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450