News and Announcements
Training Technical Assistance for Competency Exams
According to 65C-22.001(6), Florida Administrative Code, all child care personnel are required to complete 40 hours of mandated training. The training must begin within the first 90 days of employment in the child care industry. These trainings can be completed in an instructor-led environment or completed online. In choosing the online option, once the student starts a course, they have 45 days to complete the course.
As we chart our way through this unprecedented time, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Office of Child Care Regulation, continues to explore options to support the child care industry. The Department issued an EO allowing a six-month extension for the completion of competency exams. Because these exams are primarily conducted on local college campuses, which have limited availability, we are extending the deadline for completion of competency exams to May 3, 2021and continue to work with providers on this requirement to ensure non-compliance citations will not be issued. Where feasible, Child Care Regulation will offer technical assistance to assist providers with achieving these training requirements.
In addition, Child Care Regulation has also extended the ability to allow for completion of online courses beyond the 45-day requirement. For those students who enrolled in an online class as of Jan. 28, 2020, and later, they will be allowed additional time to complete the course. The course will remain open so that students may review the materials prior to taking the competency exam. At the time of inspection, if child care personnel have not had an opportunity to complete training because of limited access to competency exams, our counselors will not monitor sub-standards 33.1 and 33.2 in facilities (8.14 and 8.16 in LFCCH). Technical assistance will be provided in order to assist with meeting this requirement.
Please note that this extension does not mean that providers should not continue pursuing these requirements. Exam locations continue to become available, and some child care personnel may need to travel to a neighboring county to complete the testing.
If you are experiencing challenges, please do not hesitate to contact your licensing counselor so that this information can be appropriately documented in your provider record.
CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions or need clarification regarding this guidance, please contact the Child Care Training Information Center at 888-352-2842.
-Posted 03/03/2021 -
Background Screening Basic Training Material
The Department hosted training sessions on the background screening process for child care on December 17, 2020. To view the materials presented during the training please click the following link: Background Screening Basic Training Presentation
Please visit the Background Screening website for additional resources and access to the Clearinghouse.
-Posted 12/23/2020 -
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Update
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for quarantine time frames. A 14 day quarantine remains the recommendation; however, additional options are available for those who have had close contact and remain asymptomatic.
Please see the memo from the Florida Department of Health for more information regarding this update.
-Posted 12/8/2020 -
Student Scholarship Opportunities
Step Up For Students is an organization that administers five scholarship programs for Florida’s school children grades K-12. Applications are now available.
Visit www.stepupforstudents.org to learn more and apply.
-Posted 11/20/2020 -
-Posted 8/25/2020 -
The Department has updated the following forms to include The Children’s Forum’s new address:
Please ensure you are using the these new applications and mailing them to:
The Children’s Forum
1211 Governors Square Blvd., Suite 200
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
-Posted 6/12/2020 -
Safe Sleep for Child Care Providers
-Posted 5/26/2020 -
Child Care Standards Rule Change Effective January 29, 2020
The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation, has completed rule promulgation for Child Care Standards, Chapter 65C-22.001, Florida Administrative Code, that includes updates to combination sinks, first aid/CPR, and one hour calling. Learn more about these rules at https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=65C-22. Thank you for your feedback on the health and safety of children.