DATE: April 12, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager, Broward County Commission
PHONE: (954) 357-8053
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - County Commissioners have passed an ordinance that will change the child care licensing process. The new law requires applicants to provide the names of all child care employees and their educational credentials.
"This is an important step toward creating a tool for parents so that they have access to a searchable database, know who is teaching their kids and what kind of training they've had. In addition, we want to make sure that they're able to look at that database and see that the child care center itself is in compliance on all the different levels," said Commissioner Beam Furr, who proposed the amended ordinance.
Broward County's Child Care Licensing Enforcement Division is responsible for the implementation of the state-mandated licensing of all child care facilities and family child care homes in the County. Information on licensed child care facilities is available online along with accompanying compliance documents.
The ordinance mandates that information about all employees and their credentials be added to the public database.
"Having this information would allow us to make decisions about how and where to best direct resources that develop early learning educators," said Commissioner Furr.
CCLE monitors child care providers for compliance with health and safety standards. It also registers religious and non-public schools offering child care services. CCLE is the only Council On Accreditation approved agency in the Country.