Public Hearing for Proposed Rule Change - Gold Seal
Good Morning Child Care Partners,
The Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening will be conducting a public hearing for proposed rule changes to 65C-22.009, F.A.C. and 65C-20.014, F.A.C. pertaining to Gold Seal Quality Care Programs. The hearing is scheduled as follows:
January 23, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Hiawassee Branch of the Orange County Library
7391 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32818
Notice of Proposed Rule - Gold Seal
This is notification that the Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening has published proposed rule changes to 65C-22.009 and 65C-20.014, F.A.C. pertaining to Gold Seal Quality Care Programs. The Department previously published proposed rule for the Gold Seal program in the Florida Administrative Registry on August 7, 2014. For the current publication, the rule has been edited based on previous feedback and suggestions received by the Department from the community, providers, and the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC).
The proposed rule language and supporting documents are attached for your review.
- 65C-20.014 Proposed Rule [NOPR2]
- 65C-22.009 Proposed Rule [NOPR2]
- CF-FSP 5315 November 2014 [NOPR2]
- CF-FSP 5386 November 2014 [NOPR2]
- CF-FSP 5387 November 2014 [NOPR2]
- CF-FSP 5388 November 2014 [NOPR2]
- CF-FSP 5389 November 2014 [NOPR2]
- CF-FSP 5390 November 2014 [NOPR2]
- Gold Seal Quality Care Program Review Process and Procedures [NOPR2]
What Early Care and Education Providers and Families Should Know About Enterovirus D68
The Administration for Children and Families has received questions from Head Start and child care programs about recent news reports of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) spreading across the country. Infecting about 10 to 15 million Americans each year, enteroviruses are very common, especially during the summer and fall months. Infants and children are more susceptible to infection due to developing immune systems and the lack of prior exposure to viruses. Pregnant women also have a greater chance of being infected but will only develop mild or no symptoms. In fact, most people who acquire enteroviruses do not get sick. However, EV-D68 can cause mild-to-severe respiratory illness. Children with asthma could have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection.
Similar to the common cold, mild symptoms can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms can include wheezing and difficulty in breathing. Some individuals could develop heart or brain infections or even become paralyzed.
You can get infected with enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person who coughs or sneezes. You can also get infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Currently, there is no specific treatment, antiviral medication, or vaccine for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. For mild respiratory illness, symptoms can be relieved with over-the-counter medications for pain and fever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Aspirin should not be given to children. Individuals with severe respiratory illness might need to be hospitalized.
You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Please see the below links for additional information:
Public Hearing Summary Notes Coming Soon!
Public hearings hosted by the Department last month pertaining to the Gold Seal Quality Care Program generated many comments and several questions. Posting of the summary notes from the public hearings have been delayed as the Department continues to research several comments received. Please stay tuned.
Used to assess the need for your program to be licensed as a “Child Care Facility,” as required under S. 402.302(1), Florida Statutes.
New Online Training Courses Available
The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening are now offering two new courses: Obesity Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles and Effective Communication for Child Care Professionals.
Obesity Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles (OPHL) was developed to assist Florida's child care professionals teach children how to develop healthy eating habits and live a physically active lifestyle. Effective Communication for Child Care Professionals (ECCC) explores different methods of communication and relates techniques to improve communication with both children and adults.
These courses are available under Training and Credentialing.
Are you considering providing child care services and not sure if your program needs to be licensed to operate. The Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening is statutorily responsible for the administration of child care licensing and training throughout Florida. The purpose of this program is to ensure that children are well cared for in a safe, healthy, positive and educational environment by trained, qualified child care staff. This program currently regulates licensed child care facilities, licensed family day care homes, licensed large family child care homes, and licensed mildly ill facilities in 62 of the 67 counties in Florida. In addition, the Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening administers the registration of family day care homes not required to be licensed. In order to assess the need for your program to be licensed as a “Child Care Facility,” as required under S. 402.302(1), Florida Statutes, please complete these questions and mail to the address listed on the survey. This questionnaire will be reviewed by the Department and you will be contacted by the Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening office as soon as possible.
New Behavioral Observation and Screening Course
Child Care Providers:
Please see the attached flyer announcing the release of an updated version of the Child Care Training Course, Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR).
The new 6-hour online and instructor-led Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR) course will replace the existing 6-hour online and instructor-led course Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOAS) course effective July 1, 2014.
Individuals who have successfully completed the current 6-hour Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOAS) course or the old 10-hour Behavioral Observation and Screening course (BOS) do not have to retake the courses. The certificates reflecting completion of the previous courses will continue to appear on the child care training transcript. However, individuals who have already received credit for the old courses may choose to take the new course to earn inservice credit and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
To make sure students who complete the current Behavior Observation and Screening (BOAS) course are not penalized because of the release of the new course, they will have until June 30, 2015 to pass the exam associated with the BOAS course.
Please contact the Child Care Training Information Center, toll-free, at 1-888-352-2842 if you have any questions.
Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening
Spring 2014 Mailout
In collaboration with our partners at the Department of Education (DOE), and the Department of Health (DOH) we would like to share the enclosed information with you in an effort to keep you informed of industry activities, changes, and initiatives. Please review and share these materials, as appropriate. Enclosed you will find the following:
- New Behavioral Observation and Screening Child Care Training Curriculum, (DCF)
- Reporting Child Abuse via the Web (DCF)
- Preventing Poisoning (DCF in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- Top 5 Hidden Hazards in the Home (DCF in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- “Bare is Best” (DCF in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- Furniture & Carpets (DCF in collaboration with Eco-Healthy Child Care)
- Plastics & Plastic Toys (DCF in collaboration with Eco-Healthy Child Care)
- Concentrated Packets of Laundry Detergent (DCF in collaboration with AAPCC)
- Portable Pools (DCF in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- Pool SAFELY (DCF in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- Professional Development and Teacher Resources (DCF in collaboration with the Office of Early Learning)
- School Readiness Curriculum Approval Process 2014-15 (DCF in collaboration with the Office of Early Learning)
- Don’t Leave your Child in a Car (DCF in collaboration with the National Safety Council)
We hope this information will be helpful as we continue to work together to improve the quality of care for Florida’s children. If you have questions about any of the materials enclosed, please contact the appropriate agency for additional information.
Child Abuse Reporting Available Online
- Child Care Online Abuse Reporting Newsletter Article
- Online Abuse Reporting Flier
- Download the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Child Abuse Hotline web button to post on your web site or use in other projects.
(Right click the image, select "save picture as" to save to your location.)
- Link the button to the DCF Child Abuse Hotline using this url: https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/
Director Credential Renewal Reminder
THE DEADLINE TO RENEW IS FAST APPROACHING!
Pursuant to Section 402.305(2)(f), Florida Statutes every child care facility director must have a director credential. Beginning on January 1, 2014, many Director Credential certificates will become inactive. Check your credential to determine your certificate’s inactive date.
To maintain a Florida Director Credential, every (5) years a candidate must complete the renewal application and provide documentation of the following up to one (1) year prior to the end of the active period of the current credential:
- An active staff credential documented on individual’s child care training transcript.
- 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUS) or three (3) college credit hours in any one (1) of the approved curriculum areas within the last five (5) years, based on the date the application for renewal is received.
- Candidates must demonstrate professional contributions in the child care field.
For more information visit www.myflorida.com/childcare
or contact the Child Care Training
Information Center at 888-352-2842.