DATE: February 9, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Willie Cameron, Broward County Human Services Department
Child Care Licensing and Enforcement
Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement (CCLE) has received reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation's (COA) national council following an intensive and comprehensive review of its business practices and organizational functions. Broward County remains the only regulatory licensing agency in the United States and Canada to receive this honor for delivering the very best quality of services.
CCLE will be recognized for the valuable service they perform every day by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners at the February 14 Commission meeting. Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs will present the Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Section with a Proclamation recognizing its achievement of national accreditation.
CCLE is part of COA’s Community of Excellence that includes more than 1,700 organizations −
whether voluntary, public or proprietary, local and statewide, large and small
− serving more than 7 million children, individuals and families in the United States and Canada. COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have set high performance standards and made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services. COA has recognized Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Section as one of these outstanding providers.
During the reaccreditation process, the CCLE was subject to COA’s detailed review and analysis of its organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices, which are measured against national standards of best practice. These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence-based and outcome-oriented. These services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce with all individuals being treated with dignity and respect.
Operating under the Community Partnerships Division of the Human Services Department, the Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Section is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of approximately 850 child care facilities and family child care homes in Broward County as mandated by the state of Florida. These facilities provide childcare for approximately 94,000 children. They monitor child care providers for compliance with more than 250 health and safety standards, and registered and non-public schools offering child care services.