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Important Update - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Yesterday in response to two reported cases in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency. This virus is spread mostly through contact from an infected individual and transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and lower and upper respiratory issues. It is important for child care providers to pay attention to these symptoms and send children home as necessary. Additionally, communicate with parents and encourage them to keep their child/children home when they are sick.

Here are a few simple steps you can use to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.

For more detailed information and additional resources please visit one of the following resources:

Please visit the Child Care COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for updates.

-Posted 3/2/2020 (Updated 3/16/2020)-


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.

-Posted 2/4/2020-


Florida Early Childhood Professional Catalog

In collaborating efforts with the Office of Early Learning, the Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation have created the Florida Early Childhood Professional Catalog. Find courses relating to early childhood education in your area or throughout the state of Florida.

-Posted 12/13/2019-


Specialized Child Care Facilities For the Care of Mildly Ill Children Rule Change Effective November 26, 2019

The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation has completed the rule promulgation process for Specialized Child Care Facilities For the Care of Mildly Ill Children, Chapter 65C-25.001-.002, and .004- .009, Florida Administrative Code.  The new rule language was adopted and becomes effective on November 26, 2109.

View 65C-25

-Posted 11/18/2019-


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.

-Posted 8/26/2019-


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 .

-Posted 7/19/2019-


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.

-Posted 7/19/2019-

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