Child Care

News and Announcements

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-


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.

-Posted 4/10/2019-


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.

-Posted 1/31/2019-


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.

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Date: February 8th and 9th
Location: *NEW 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.

-Posted 1/31/2019-


Notice of Proposed Rule for 65C-22, F.A.C. - Child Care Facility

The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation, filed a Notice of Proposed Rule for rule changes to Chapter 65C-22 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) regarding Child Care Facility Standards and will hold a public hearing on January 30, 2019.  This is an opportunity for the Department to receive comments from providers, community partners, coalition staff, stakeholders, and the public related to the rule changes. Please share this information with those agencies, providers, and provider organizations in your area that may have an interest in this issue.  This hearing is open to the public and does not require a reservation. A copy of the rule language and incorporated documents are attached for your review.

January 30, 2019
3:00pm – 5:00pm EST or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier
Department of Children and Families
Big Bend Community Based Care
1000 W. Tharpe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310

The Department will accept comments on the proposed rule language until 5:00 PM EST on Friday, February 8, 2019 at HQW.Child.Care.Licensing@myflfamilies.com.

Materials

-Posted 1/23/2019-


Notice of Proposed Rule for 65C-20, F.A.C. - Family Day Care Home and Large Family Child Care Home

The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation, filed a Notice of Proposed Rule for rule changes to Chapter 65C-20 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) regarding Family Day Care Home and Large Family Child Care Home Standards and will hold a public hearing on January 30, 2019 This is an opportunity for the Department to receive comments from providers, community partners, coalition staff, stakeholders, and the general public related to the rule changes. Please share this information with those agencies, providers, and provider organizations in your area that may have an interest in this issue. This hearing is open to the public and does not require a reservation.

January 30, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm EST or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier
Department of Children and Families
Big Bend Community Based Care
1000 W. Tharpe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310

The Department will accept comments on the proposed rule language until 5:00 PM EST on Friday, February 8, 2019 at HQW.Child.Care.Licensing@myflfamilies.com.

Materials

-Posted 1/23/2019-


Finding Quality Child Care

One of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent is choosing quality child care for your child. The Department makes every effort to provide information parents need to make the best possible child care choices. The following resource may help you as you talk to and visit child care centers before deciding on the right fit for your child:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAM0y248Ugg

For additional information on choosing a quality child care provider, be sure to visit out Parents Resource page: http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/parent-resources

-Posted 1/7/2019-