News and Announcements

Provider Meetings

Due to inclement weather the Suncoast Provider Meetings scheduled for September 1st and 2nd have been cancelled. These meetings will be rescheduled and the new dates will be posted shortly.


New Online Training Courses Available

The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation is offering 3 new courses: Safe Sleep Practices, Guide to School-Age Program Quality Standards and Self-Assessment, and Child Growth and Development.

Safe Sleep Practices (SAFE) is a 1-hr online course for caregivers to become familiar with safe sleep-related practices for infants and toddlers. This course provides an overview of appropriate methods, tips, and requirements for ensuring infants and toddlers are safe while they sleep, and be less likely to experience injury or death as a result of unsafe sleeping practices.

Guide to School-Age Program Quality Standards and Self-Assessment (SALT) is a 12-hr online course which is a combination of two courses: The 4-hr Standards for Quality Afterschool Programs (SQAP), and the 8-hr Quality Self-Assessment and Improvement for Afterschool Programs (QSAI), of which the content of the two individual courses have not changed. What is different is individuals will now register for a single course and upon completion of both courses (SQAP and QSAI) will have access to a single CEU assessment and competency exam.

Child Growth and Development (CGDR) is a 6-hr course offered on-line or as instructor-led. The CGDR course describes basic principles of child growth and development, and developmentally appropriate practices. Individuals that have completed the Child Growth and Development (CGAD) course prior to July 5, 2016 will have until March 31, 2017 to register for the competency exam. Individuals that completed the Child Growth and Development (CGD or CGAD) course to meet the Part I or Family Child Care Home training requirements do not have to retake the course. Individuals may choose to take the new course (CGDR) to earn CEUs or in-service credit.

These courses are available under Training and Credentialing.

-Posted 07/27/2016-


Upcoming Provider Meetings

Child Care Regulation Updates Presentation

Each region will be hosting a provider meeting to discuss recent federal changes to Child Care regulations and Background Screening requirements. You will find each scheduled meeting further down this page with the same title.

-Posted 07/15/2016

6M-4.620 – Health and Safety Checklists and Inspections (School Readiness Program), Notice of Proposed Rule

A Notice of Proposed Rule for the Florida Office of Early Learning’s School Readiness Program, Rule 6M-4.620 - Health and Safety Checklists and Inspections, was noticed in the Florida Administrative Weekly on July 8, 2016. A public hearing, if requested in writing within 21 days of the notice of proposed rule, will be held via webinar on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., EDT, or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier.

Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2604560903033814273

Proposed rule materials are available on OEL’s website at:
http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/oel_resources/rules_guidance_technical_assistance/proposed_rules.aspx.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Molly Grant at 850-717-8578 or Molly.Grant@oel.myflorida.com.

-Posted 07/12/2016

NEW LAW CHANGES REGARDING BACKGROUND SCREENING
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016

Dear Child Care Provider:

On November 19, 2014, the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was signed into law. The new law prescribes health and safety requirements that include changes to background screening requirements that apply to all child care providers and requires more information be available to parents and the general public about child care choices. The new federal requirements required changes to Florida law governing screening for child care employment.  Beginning July 1, 2016, new elements will be included in a background screening for all child care personnel, which include searches of the National Sex Offender Registry, state criminal records, state sex offender registries, and child abuse and neglect registries of all states in which the child care personnel resided during the preceding five years. 

Action steps required by provider for new and five year re-screening of personnel starting July 1, 2016:

  1. Complete a searchin the Clearinghouse prior to sending staff to a live scan provider for screening to determine:
    • If the individual is not found after a search, there is no prior screening in the Clearinghouse, select “Initiate Screening.”   
    • If the individual is already in the Clearinghouse, with a Clearinghouse screening available and a status of DCF Child Care Eligible, the individual does not have to go to a live scan vendor for fingerprinting again.  Eligibility will be based on the fingerprints retained in the Clearinghouse. You may add the individual to your roster.
    • If the eligibility indicates an Agency Review is required, you must select “Initiate Agency Review. This is no cost to you as a provider.  This will provide you with an updated Florida Criminal History Public Record.
    • If there has been a break in service of 90 days, you must select “Initiate Resubmission.”  You will receive an updated Florida Criminal History Public Record.
    • Upon hire, becoming a household member, substitute, or volunteer, immediately add the individual to your program roster. 

    Important Note:  All fingerprinting must occur through a Live Scan compatible vendor.  Check the listing in the Clearinghouse prior to initiating and scheduling an appointment with a vendor.  Fingerprinting from a vendor that is not Clearinghouse compatible cannot be processed by DCF for the purposes of a clearance for child care employment. 

  2. The fingerprint results from the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be returned to DCF via the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  DCF will review both the federal and state criminal history results, along with state criminal records, national sex offender registry, and the child abuse and neglect registry. 
  3. DCF will issue an eligible or non eligible result for employment through the Clearinghouse upon completion of searches and results from other states, if applicable.
  4. DCF will send a letter/email to the employer advising of the search of the Florida’s child abuse and neglect registry.
  5. The employer/owner/operator must conduct employment history checks, including documented attempts to contact each employer that employed the individual within the preceding five years and documentation of the findings.
  6. The employer/owner/operator must send a request for a search of each state’s child abuse and neglect registry if the individual has lived outside the state of Florida in the preceding five years.  Visit www.myflfamilies.com/backgroundscreening, click on the Out of State Abuse Registry Check link to obtain the instructions and forms to complete to submit a request for a search.  Documentation of the date the search was requested, and the date the results were received, must be maintained in the employee’s file for review by the licensing authority.
  7. The employer/owner/operator must conduct a search of the sexual offender/predator website in Florida via https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do , and any state the individual has lived in outside the state of Florida in the preceding five years. Visit www.myflfamilies.com/backgroundscreening, click on the Out of State Sexual Predator/Offender Registry Check link to obtain the instructions and forms to complete to submit the request for a search. Documentation of the search date, and findings from each state, must be documented in the employee’s file for review by the licensing authority.
  8. The employer/owner/operator must maintain on-site at the program copies/documentation of completion of all applicable elements in the screening process for an individual in the personnel file for review by the licensing authority.
  9. Failure to initiate the screening through the Clearinghouse prior to fingerprinting will result in invalid screening and the individual will have be re-fingerprinted and pay the fees again.
  10. Immediately remove individuals from the program roster when employment terminates.

Rescreening of all Owners, Operators, Child Care Personnel, Substitutes and Volunteers hired/working prior to July 1, 2016. 

The Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization of 2014 requires each state, including Florida, to certify that all individuals working in child care have been screened and are eligible to work in child care based on the new elements of background screening.  To facilitate this certification, child care facilities, before and after-school programs, religious exempt child care providers, large family child care homes, family day care homes, nonpublic schools and public schools providing child care, must rescreen personnel to include all owners, operators, child care personnel, household members, substitutes, and volunteers by May 31,  2017. 

DCF requests that providers begin scheduling rescreening as early as September 2016 for anyone who was screened prior to July 1, 2016.  Providers will have nine months to rescreen all required owners, operators, child care personnel, household members, volunteers, and substitutes. 

Failure by the state to certify compliance with the Criminal Background Screening Checks in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 could result in the loss of funding to the state to support school readiness families and the child care programs that serve those families.

DCF staff are available to answer questions or assist with Clearinghouse access and account set up.  We look forward to working together to ensure Florida is in compliance with the New Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization Requirements.  For direct assistance, please contact Background Screening Help Desk at 1-888-352-2842 or send an email to background screening unit at http://www.myflfamilies.com/contact?program=Background%20Screening .

-Posted 07/01/2016

Upcoming Provider Meetings

Each region will be hosting a provider meeting to discuss recent federal changes to Child Care regulations and Background Screening requirements. Please see flyers below for information on provider meetings in your region.

Please note the RSVP requirements for each meeting.

Northwest Region Provider Meetings:

Date: Tuesday, August 23rd 2016                                               Time:9am-11am

Location:Panhandle Area Educational Center (PAEC)- 753 West BlvdChipley, FL 32428

Register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a4ab22aaf58-child2

 

Date:Tuesday, August 23rd2016                                 Time:1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Bay County Public Library - 898 W. 11th Street Panama City, FL 32401

Register here:http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a4ab22aaf58-panama

 

Date:  Wednesday,August 24th 2016                                        Time:  9am - 11am

Location: Office of Economic Self Sufficiency - Brent Processing Center, Room 7

33 Brent Lane, Suite 104, Pensacola, FL  32503

 

Date:  Wednesday,August 24th 2016                                        Time:  2pm - 4pm

Location:Northwest Florida State College - Student Services Center, Room 302

100 College Blvd, Niceville, FL  32578

 

Date:Thursday, August 25th2016                                                Time:9am-11am, 1pm-3pm or 6pm- 8pm

Location:Leon County Human Services Center - 1000 W. Tharpe St Suite 15Tallahassee, FL 32303

Register here:http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a4ab22aaf58-child1

 

Date: Saturday, August 27th, 2016                                     Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Location: DCF Office of Economic Self Sufficiency, Rm 7, 33 Brent Lane, Suite 104, Pensacola, FL 32503

Register Herehttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0948A4AB22A0FE3-dcfchild3

 

Northeast Region Provider Meetings:

Date: Tuesday, August 2nd 2016                                                 Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: Christ Central Preschool & Daycare – 359 Southwest Dyal Avenue, Lake City FL 32024

Contact: Please RSVP (352) 415-6297

 

Date: Tuesday, August 2nd 2016                                                 Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Location: Tacachale- ADP Building – 1621 NE Waldo Road, Room #6, Gainesville, FL 32609

Contact: Please RSVP (352) 415-6297

 

Date: Wednesday, August 3rd2016                                           Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, 2:00pm-4:00 pm

Location: 6133 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217

Contact: Please RSVP (904)485-9564

 

Date: Thursday, August 4th 2016                                                Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Volusia County Health Department – 1845 Holsenback Drive, Meeting Room 516C Daytona Beach FL, 32114

Contact: Please RSVP (386) 481-9264

 

Central Region Provider Meetings:

Date: Monday, July 25th 2016                                                      Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Location: DCF Waterman Office - 1100 SW 38th Ave., Ocala, FL  34474 (near 75)

Contact:Please make your RSVP, to Doris Olarte at (352) 330-5728

  or Mary Angela Clement at (352) 330-5636

 

Date: Monday, July 25th2016                                                       Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Location:Department of Transportation - 801 N Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL

Date: Tuesday, July 26th 2016                                                     Time: 9:30am-11:30am

Location: Emma Jewel Charter Academy - 705 Blake Avenue, Cocoa FL 32922

 

Date: Tuesday, July 26th 2016                                                      Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Location: Hiawassee Branch Library - 7391 W Colonial Drive Orlando FL 32818

 

Date: Wednesday, August 17th 2016                                                      Time: 11am - 2pm

Location: Hart Memorial Central Library, 211 East Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741

Contact:Please make your RSVP, to Haydee Quinonnes 407-552-0493

 

Suncoast Region Provider Meetings:

Date: August 31, 2016       Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm/1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran, Church of Ft. Myers- 3950 Winkler Avenue Extension Ft. Myers, FL 33916

Contact: Please RSVP (239) 274-0145 – Andrew Spaulding – Director

 

Date: September 1, 2016    Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County- 600 8thAvenue West, Suite 100 Palmetto, FL 34221

Contact: Please RSVP (941) 757-2900

 

Date: September 1, 2016    Time: 3:00 pm – 5:0 0pm

Location: Department of Children and Families- 9393 North Florida Avenue, Auditorium Tampa, FL 33612

Contact: Please RSVP (813) 337-5847

 

Date: September 2, 2016    Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Department of Children and Families- 9393 North Florida Avenue, Auditorium Tampa, FL 33612

Contact: Please RSVP (813) 337-5847

 

Southern Region Provider Meetings:

Date: Tuesday, July 12th 2016                                                      Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: D. A. Dorsey Educational Center - 7100 NW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33147

Contact:  Please RSVP (786)257-5207 or via email to jacqueline.gaines@myflfamilies.com

 

Date: Wednesday, July 13th 2016                                               Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: St James Children’s Center - 87500 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:  Please RSVP (786)257-5207 or via email to jacqueline.gaines@myflfamilies.com

 

Date: Wednesday, July 13th 2016                                             Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location: Dept. of Children & Families Key West Office - 1111 12th St. Suite 304 Key West, FL 33040

Contact:  Please RSVP (786)257-5207 or via email to jacqueline.gaines@myflfamilies.com

-Posted 06/29/2016


Deadly Danger: Infants on Air Mattresses

CPSC has received reports of 40 infant suffocation deaths in the last five years, of infants who were placed to sleep on air mattresses. Infants can suffocate on an air mattress or can become entrapped between the mattress and bed frame or mattress and wall. Never place infants to sleep on air mattresses or other soft surfaces (such as water beds and adult beds), which are not specifically designed or safe for infant use. Even properly-inflated air mattresses are usually too soft for infants to maintain a clear airway. For a safer space for baby use a crib or play yard that has a firm, tight-fitting mattress and tight fitting bottom sheet without any blankets, bumpers, pillows or stuffed animals.

  • Never place infants ages 15 months old and younger to sleep on an inflatable air mattress
  • Always place baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib or play yard that meets current standards

The Deadly Danger Air Mattress poster is easy to download and print, email or post for sharing with those you care about.

Find more tips and free materials to help people in your community become informed at our NSN website.

As always, thanks for spreading the word and helping to make your community safer.

Feedback
We would love to hear from you. Let us know how you use the information we send out and give us an estimate of the number of people to whom you distribute our safety messages. We also welcome ideas on how to serve you better. Please send your ideas, success stories or questions to nsn@cpsc.gov.

Safety in Numbers
Thanks to members like you sharing the safety tips and resources included in these messages, communities are being empowered with the knowledge to keep families safe. Please continue to encourage people and organizations with similar safety concerns to sign up at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Neighborhood-Safety-Network/NSN-Signup-Form/ to receive Neighborhood Safety Network messages that put the power of product safety information in their hands. 

-Posted 06/20/2016

Broward County Child Care Providers

Important Notice: Criminal Background Screening Requirements
View document for more details.

-Posted 05/18/2016

New Child Care Law Changes

On November 19, 2014, the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was signed into law. The new law prescribes health and safety requirements that apply to school readiness program providers and requires that more information be available to parents and the general public about child care choices.

The federal government works with states to support low-income working families by providing access to child care through the federal CCDBG. Florida uses CCDBG funds for its school readiness program. The school readiness program provides subsidies for child care services and early childhood education for children of low-income families, children in protective services who are at risk of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and children with disabilities. Families use these subsidies to purchase child care services from school readiness providers. In many cases, these child care facilities are regulated by the Department of Children and Families’ Child Care program. The state must implement these requirements to continue receiving CCDBG funding.[1]

While Florida’s school readiness programs meet many of the new federal requirements, some changes to Florida law governing the program were necessary. One change needed was an increase in the elements for screening all child care personnel to include searches of the National Sex Offender Registry, state criminal records, state sex offender registries, and child abuse and neglect registries of all states in which the child care personnel resided during the preceding five years. 

During the 2016 Florida legislative session, laws were amended to assist with the implementation of newly prescribed federal law.  Below are two laws that have an impact on child care programs:

HB 1125 Relating to Eligibility for Employment as Child Care Personnel: This bill amended section 435.07, Florida Statutes, (HB 1125 – Chapter 2016-98, Laws of Florida), to make the new CCDBG background screening requirements apply to all child care personnel regardless of whether their employer receives federal CCDBG funding. The bill prohibits the Department of Children and Families from granting exemptions for employment as child care personnel to persons who have been:  

  • Registered as a sex offender as described in 42 U.S.C. s. 9858f(c)(1)(C) and are subject to the registration requirements under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act; or
  • Arrested for and are awaiting final disposition of, found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, or have been adjudicated delinquent and the record has not been sealed or expunged, for certain state felonies and misdemeanors enumerated in the bill that are aligned with the crimes listed in the federal requirements.[2]

HB 7053 Relating to Child Care and Development Block Grant Program: This bill requires that school readiness program providers must meet a minimum level of health and safety and receive at least one annual inspection. The Department of Children and Families and/or the local licensing agency, as applicable, will conduct inspections to determine compliance with the school readiness program provider standards through exercise of their discretionary power to enforce compliance with the laws. The authority to inspect includes access to facilities, personnel, and records. A school readiness program provider that refuses entry or inspection shall have its provider contract terminated. School readiness providers must:  provide more information to the public to promote informed child care choices; provide training on child care development research and best practices and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training; provide an appropriate group size as well as an appropriate staff-to-child ratio; and employ child care personnel who have satisfied the screening requirements of Chapter 402, Florida Statutes, and fulfilled the training requirements of the Office of Early Learning.[3]

If you have any questions on the new law changes, you may contact your local licensing office.

[1] CS/CS/CS/HB 1125 2016 House of Representative Final Bill Analysis, March 25, 2016
[2] CS/CS/CS/HB 1125 2016 House of Representative Final Bill Analysis, March 25, 2016
[3] CS/ HB 7053, 2016 House of Representatives Final Bill Analysis, March 24, 2016

-Posted 05/12/2016

FFCCHA 24th Annual Conference

Florida Family Child Care Homes Association Inc. present the 24th Annual Conference-Enhancing Our Minds…in 2016.

View brochure for details.

-Posted 02/11/2016


Rule Workshops

The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation, will be conducting two public workshops regarding rule development of School-Age Child Care standards to amend Chapter 65C-22 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The public workshop setting is an opportunity for the Department to receive comments from providers, community partners, coalition staff, stakeholders, and the general public related to the rule development. Please share this information with those agencies, providers, and provider organizations in your area that have an interest/investment in this issue.

Workshop A
February 17, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm ET or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier
Florida State College at Jacksonville (Downtown Campus)
101 West State Street
RoomA1068 Large Auditorium
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Workshop B
February 18, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. ET or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier
Cooper Memorial Library
2525 Oakley Seaver Drive
Clermont, Florida 34711

Attachments

-Posted 02/03/2016


28th Annual Early Childhood Conference

The College of Central Florida and Early Learning Coalition of Marion County present the 28th Annual Early Childhood Conference. See this flyer for more details.

-Posted 12/18/2015


The Benefits of Monitoring Child Care Providers

The Administration for Children and Families describes how new monitoring requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 will benefit children, parents and child care providers.

See video.

-Posted 11/18/2015


New Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) Courses available August 17, 2015

See flyer for details.

-Posted 08/17/2015



Gold Seal Rule Change Effective July 7, 2015

The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation has completed the rule promulgation process for the Gold Seal Quality Care program. The new rule language becomes effective on July 7, 2015. Thank you to those of you who participated and contributed during this process.

-Posted 07/06/2015


Provider Registration for Florida's Background Screening Clearinghouse has Begun

Pre-registration for the Background Screening Clearinghouse Results Portal is now available for the following provider group(s):

  • Child Care Facilities
  • Foster Care
  • Family Child Care Homes
  • Child Placing and Residential Agencies
  • Substance Abuse (Adults Only)
  • Religious Exempt Providers
  • Afterschool and/or Enrichment Programs
  • Chapter 39 Contract Providers

The Clearinghouse will provide for the sharing of criminal history information among the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Children and Families, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Elder Affairs, the Department of Health, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Vocational Rehabilitation.

The advantages to the Clearinghouse are:

  • Eliminates duplicate screenings for individuals requiring screening across multiple state agencies
  • Persons with a Clearinghouse Screening will not be required to be re-fingerprinted
  • Screening information for new hires previously screened through the Clearinghouse will be available to providers
  • A photograph of the person being fingerprinted will be submitted with the screening
  • The retention of fingerprints by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; this will allow providers to receive notification if an employee is arrested in the State of Florida and provide protection for the vulnerable populations we serve
  • Providers can track the status of screenings that they initiate until completion

DCF and AHCA (the agency that houses and maintains the Clearinghouse) strongly encourage DCF providers to PRE-REGISTER starting June 19, 2015.

Registration for the Clearinghouse Results Portal is FREE.

Instructions to pre-register (complete user instruction guide with screen shots at (http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/backgroundscreening/clearinghouse/):

  1. Click this link to open your browser to the AHCA Portal.
  2. Click on the link for ‘New User Registration’.
  3. Check the box for user Authorization and click ‘Continue’ button.
  4. Fill out the information fields to create your account.
    1. Important: the email you enter on this page will be used for all future user account notifications and background screening notifications.
  5. Click the ‘Register’ button.
  6. Click the ‘Return to Login’ button on the next screen.
  7. Log in using the username and password you created.
  8. Select ‘Department of Children and Families’ from the ‘select program’ drop down list and click ‘Request Program Access’.
  9. Select ‘Provider’ from the ‘role’ drop down list.
  10. Select your provider type from the ‘provider type’ drop down list.
  11. Begin typing the name of the provider you represent.
  12. Select it from the list when it appears and be sure your OCA number matches.
  13. Click ‘Add Provider’ button.
  14. Repeat steps 10-12 for additional providers you represent, if applicable.
  15. Click ‘Submit Request and Generate User Agreement’.
  16. Review the user registration agreement that opens in the next window.
  17. Print the agreement by clicking the ‘here’ link in the upper right hand corner of the window under your email and user ID.
  18. Sign the agreement and have your owner/administrator/supervisor sign it.
  19. Send the agreement and a copy of your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID to DCF in one of the following ways:
    • Mail To:
      Office of Background Screening
      1317 Winewood Blvd.
      Building 6, Room 361
      Tallahassee, FL 32399
    • Scan and E-Mail To:
      background.screening@myflfamilies.com
      Subject Line: BGS User Agreement
    • Fax To:
      813-558 - 1171

Important Note:
DCF will finalize your registration for the Clearinghouse Results Portal after July 6, 2015. You will receive an email when your registration is complete with a link to the Clearinghouse Results Portal and training materials.

You may begin using the Clearinghouse Results Portal to search for applicants, initiate screenings, and check eligibility determinations when you receive the registration approval email.

-Posted 07/02/2015


Summer BreakSpot Provides Florida Kids Healthy Meals All Summer Long

Visit the Fresh From Florida website and find a Summer BreakSpot near you. Free breakfasts, lunches and snacks are available to anyone age 18 and under all summer long.

-Posted 06/05/2015


Background Screening Requirements for Membership Organizations

BEGINNING JULY 1, 2015 - BACKGROUND SCREENING WILL BE REQUIRED FOR PERSONNEL OF MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS:

Governor Scott signed into law SB 7078 Relating to Child Welfare.  This bill authorizes critical incident rapid response teams to review cases of child deaths occurring during an open investigation; requires case staffing when medical neglect is substantiated; requires an epidemiological child abuse death assessment and prevention system; provides intent for the operation of and interaction between the state and local death review committees, etc.

The bill also amends s. 402.301, F.S., regarding all personnel of membership organizations affiliated with national organizations to meet Level 2 background screening requirements and  s. 402.302(3), F.S., regarding the definition of child care personnel to include “membership organizations” for the purpose of background screening requirements.

Any organization having questions concerning the background screening process may visit the Department’s website at www.myflfamilies.com/backgroundscreening or call the call center at 888-352-2842.

-Posted 06/04/2015


Notice of Change Notification - Gold Seal Quality Care Program

This is notification that the Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Child Care Regulation has published a notice of change to 65C-22.009 and 65C-20.014, F.A.C. pertaining to Gold Seal Quality Care Programs. The Department previously published proposed rule for the Gold Seal program in the Florida Administrative Registry on December 22, 2014. The Department hosted a public hearing on January 23, 2015 and received feedback and suggestions from the community, accrediting agencies, and providers. The Department has also received comment from the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC). For the current publication, the rule language and supporting documents have been edited based on these suggestions and feedback.

Please review the notice of change rule language and supporting documents.

-Posted 03/19/2015


Measles Educational Information

Lately, with national news outlets reporting an ongoing multistate Measles outbreak, it is very important to stay educated and informed on what is known about this highly infectious disease. Though currently there have been no confirmed reports of Measles among Florida Residents the following link provides information and the latest updates regarding Measles from the Florida Department of Health.

-Posted 02/19/2015


Public Hearing Summary - Gold Seal

The Department hosted a public hearing on January 23, 2015 pertaining to the Gold Seal Quality Care Program. The session was well attended and generated many comments and questions. A summary has been prepared that includes comments received during the hearing and via email. View the summary.


Notice of Proposed Rule - Gold Seal

This is notification that the Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Child Care Regulation has published proposed rule changes to 65C-22.009 and 65C-20.014, F.A.C. pertaining to Gold Seal Quality Care Programs. The Department previously published proposed rule for the Gold Seal program in the Florida Administrative Registry on August 7, 2014. For the current publication, the rule has been edited based on previous feedback and suggestions received by the Department from the community, providers, and the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC).

The proposed rule language and supporting documents are attached for your review.

-Posted 12/23/2014


What Early Care and Education Providers and Families Should Know About Enterovirus D68

The Administration for Children and Families has received questions from Head Start and child care programs about recent news reports of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) spreading across the country. Infecting about 10 to 15 million Americans each year, enteroviruses are very common, especially during the summer and fall months. Infants and children are more susceptible to infection due to developing immune systems and the lack of prior exposure to viruses. Pregnant women also have a greater chance of being infected but will only develop mild or no symptoms. In fact, most people who acquire enteroviruses do not get sick. However, EV-D68 can cause mild-to-severe respiratory illness. Children with asthma could have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection.

Similar to the common cold, mild symptoms can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms can include wheezing and difficulty in breathing. Some individuals could develop heart or brain infections or even become paralyzed.

You can get infected with enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person who coughs or sneezes. You can also get infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Currently, there is no specific treatment, antiviral medication, or vaccine for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. For mild respiratory illness, symptoms can be relieved with over-the-counter medications for pain and fever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Aspirin should not be given to children. Individuals with severe respiratory illness might need to be hospitalized.

You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Please see the below links for additional information:

https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/safety-injury-preve...

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html

-Posted 10/17/2014


Child Care Licensure Questionnaire

Used to assess the need for your program to be licensed as a “Child Care Facility,” as required under S. 402.302(1), Florida Statutes.

-Posted 09/19/2014


Announcement

Are you considering providing child care services and not sure if your program needs to be licensed to operate. The Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation is statutorily responsible for the administration of child care licensing and training throughout Florida. The purpose of this program is to ensure that children are well cared for in a safe, healthy, positive and educational environment by trained, qualified child care staff. This program currently regulates licensed child care facilities, licensed family day care homes, licensed large family child care homes, and licensed mildly ill facilities in 62 of the 67 counties in Florida. In addition, the Office of Child Care Regulation administers the registration of family day care homes not required to be licensed. In order to assess the need for your program to be licensed as a “Child Care Facility,” as required under S. 402.302(1), Florida Statutes, please complete these questions and mail to the address listed on the survey. This questionnaire will be reviewed by the Department and you will be contacted by the Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening office as soon as possible.

Survey Form

-Posted 06/13/2014-


New Behavioral Observation and Screening Course

Child Care Providers:

Please see the attached flyer announcing the release of an updated version of the Child Care Training Course, Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR).

The new 6-hour online and instructor-led Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR) course will replace the existing 6-hour online and instructor-led course Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOAS) course effective July 1, 2014.

Individuals who have successfully completed the current 6-hour Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOAS) course or the old 10-hour Behavioral Observation and Screening course (BOS) do not have to retake the courses. The certificates reflecting completion of the previous courses will continue to appear on the child care training transcript. However, individuals who have already received credit for the old courses may choose to take the new course to earn in-service credit and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

To make sure students who complete the current Behavior Observation and Screening (BOAS) course are not penalized because of the release of the new course, they will have until June 30, 2015 to pass the exam associated with the BOAS course.

Please contact the Child Care Training Information Center, toll-free, at 1-888-352-2842 if you have any questions.

Office of Child Care Regulation

-Posted 06/06/2014-


Child Abuse Reporting Available Online

-Posted 03.05.2014-


Director Credential Renewal Reminder

THE DEADLINE TO RENEW IS FAST APPROACHING!

Pursuant to Section 402.305(2)(f), Florida Statutes every child care facility director must have a director credential. Beginning on January 1, 2014, many Director Credential certificates will become inactive. Check your credential to determine your certificate’s inactive date.

To maintain a Florida Director Credential, every (5) years a candidate must complete the renewal application and provide documentation of the following up to one (1) year prior to the end of the active period of the current credential:

  1. An active staff credential documented on individual’s child care training transcript.
  2. 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUS) or three (3) college credit hours in any one (1) of the approved curriculum areas within the last five (5) years, based on the date the application for renewal is received.
  3. Candidates must demonstrate professional contributions in the child care field.

For more information visit www.myflorida.com/childcare
or contact the Child Care Training
Information Center at 888-352-2842.

Print Flyer

-Posted 11.18.2013-