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Child Care Program, Report No. 00-16, November 2000
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School Readiness Overview

The Child Care Program regulates child care providers, provides training for child care personnel, and provides subsidized child care services to children at-risk of abuse and neglect and children who come from economically disadvantaged families. At the end of Fiscal Year 1999-2000, the program reported regulating 14,620 child care providers and providing subsidized child care services to a monthly average of 124,793 children.

Our review of the program determined that

  • The program provides beneficial services to clients and to Florida’s citizens;
  • The program’s licensing function should remain with the Department of Children and Families, but subsidized child care is currently being transferred to the Florida Partnership for School Readiness;
  • The program’s licensing and enforcement efforts are reasonably effective in ensuring healthy and safe child care environments;
  • The program is serving 100% of its subsidized child care clients in two priority groups;
  • The program and the Legislature have taken several steps to increase the quality of care in regulated child care settings and to address the subsidized child care needs of working-poor clients;
  • Efforts must be made to address enforcement problems that reduce the program’s regulatory effectiveness; and
  • Additional steps must be taken to effectively implement the 1999 school readiness legislation.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Early Learning Programs
Family Safety
Child Care Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-75 Information Brief: School Readiness Coalitions’ Progress Varies in Implementing the Program Over Two Years, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 02-61 Progress Report: Child Care Program Implements Recommendations to Improve Licensing and Enforcement Activities, published in November 2002.
  • Report No. 02-07 Program Review: School Readiness Program’s Potential Not Realized With Critical Issues Unresolved, published in January 2002.
  • Report No. 98-38 Follow-up Review of Early Education and Child Care Programs, published in January 1999.
  • Report No. 94-27 Review of Early Education and Child Care Programs: A Fourteen-County Perspective, published in January 1995.
  • Report No. 94-25 Performance Review of the Early Education and Child Care Programs Administered by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, published in December 1994.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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