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Transportation Safety for Child Care Providers
Parents and caregivers across the state entrust child care providers with the health and safety of their children every day. Transporting children, whether as a provider or a parent/caregiver, demands the highest level of safety and responsibility. The Florida Department of Children and Families requires all providers to comply with health and safety licensing standards to ensure the well-being of all children in their care including those who are being transported. Failure to comply may result in administrative actions against your license, including revocation.
Our new video, Transportation Safety for Child Care Providers, provides information on the proper use of the transportation log and how to correctly perform a visual sweep of a vehicle. The death or injury of a child as a result of being left in a vehicle is completely preventable. It only takes moments to complete these safeguards to ensure every child in your care makes it home safe.
Upcoming Provider Meeting/Training Webinar - New Rule Changes for Rule 65C-20, F.A.C. Family Day Care Standards and Large Family Child Care Homes
The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation has completed the rule promulgation process for family day care standards, Chapter 65C-20, Florida Administrative Code regarding Family Day Care Standards and Large Family Child Care Homes that were adopted on June 12, 2019.
The Department is hosting webinars for home providers to review and discuss new standards including suggested ways to achieve and maintain compliance. There are two session times available, please click on the registration link below to register for the date/time that works best for you. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2991105235091248130 .
Upcoming Provider Meeting/Training Webinar - New Rule Changes for Rule 65C-22, F.A.C. Child Care Standards
The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation has completed the rule promulgation process for Chapter 65C-22, Florida Administrative Code regarding child care standards specific to School-age only facilities that were adopted on June 12, 2019.
The Department is hosting webinars for school-age only providers to review and discuss new standards including suggested ways to achieve and maintain compliance. There are two session times available, please click on the registration link below to register for the date/time that works best for you. https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/631123372838215426.
Revised Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC)
The Department has prepared a revised statement of estimated regulatory costs (SERC) for Rules 65C-22.001 and .008-.010, F.A.C. A copy of the revised SERC can be obtained by contacting Jodi Abramowitz at Jodi.Abramowitz@myflfamilies.com.
2019 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
The 11th annual statewide Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! (CLW) will take place the week of January 28 – February 1, 2019. This year’s theme is "Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time.” We encourage all providers to help spread the love of reading and the importance of literacy by participating.
Child Care Provider Services Day
The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and the Department are hosting a Child Care Provider Services Day in Bay county. The two-day event will provide an opportunity for child care providers impacted by Hurricane Michael to:
- Obtain necessary information/forms to recreate files for licensure compliance;
- Fingerprint new child care personnel via a mobile LiveScan vendor (don’t forget to bring your OCA#);
- Meet and talk with ELC staff about reimbursements, Contracts, and Needs Assessment;
- Obtain information from state and federal resources available to assist in recovery; and
- Learn about the USDA Food Program.
Please register today by using the link below to take advantage of this opportunity. View Flier.
Date: February 8th and 9th
Location: * * Florida State University Panama City - Holley Lecture Hall C 4750 Collegiate Drive, Panama City, FL 32405-1099. To register, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0948A4AB22AAFB6-provider.