The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening is statutorily responsible for the administration of child care licensing throughout the state of Florida. Its purpose is to ensure that children are well cared for in a safe, healthy, positive and educational environment by trained, qualified child care staff.
The DCF 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 throughout the state. Additionally, the Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening administers the registration of family day care homes.
The DCF department or the Child Care Licensing Boards regulates the operations of licensed child-care centers and family child-care homes. They conduct periodic announced and unannounced licensing inspections, investigate complaints filed against the child-care facility, and take enforcement action as they deemed necessary. Depending on the nature of the violation a Class Violation I (One), II (Two) or III (Three) may be issued against the Child Care Center.
Upon the issuance of a Class I violation, the Child Care Center has the option of filing an administrative appeal. Unfortunately, often times, the Child Care Director is not aware of the long-term financial implications of a Class I or Class II violations, that are issued in accordance to the Florida Administrative Codes 65-C22, Child Care Standards and the Florida Statutes; 65-C20, Family Day Care Standard and Large Family Day Care Homes; and the Florida Statues, Chapter 402, specifically 402.281 (Gold Seal Program). Additionally, the Child Care Center is not aware that the Early Learning Coalition may also terminate their contract, depending on the nature and severity of the violation.
Because of the number of regulations Child Care licensees often make mistakes resulting in citations. As citations are issued, so do licensing inspections, resulting in a snowball of violations and citations, ultimately resulting in a license revocation action. Once served with an revocation action the licensee is at a disadvantage. The Department of Children and Families will be represented by an attorney and has many officials at their disposal. In contrast, the licensee typically only has access to limited resources to defend themselves in an administrative proceeding they know very little about.
The law firm of Lucy C. Pineiro & Associates has aggressively represented Child Care Centers throughout the state of Florida, in their administrative appeal and defense of child care licensing violations. Ms. Pineiro has expansive knowledge in this area and uses her experience and legal skills to help her clients resolve their child care licensing violations equitably and fairly. For more information please visit our site that addresses CHILD CARE LICENSING VIOLATION DEFENSE.