Across America, there are 13 million children under the age of six who are spending at least part of their day in a child care program. In Broward County, there are 93,000 children in daycare in over 800 licensed and registered child care sites. Whether it is a single parent home or because mom and dad both work, it is important that our children and grandchildren are in a safe environment.
Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement (CCLE) has been nationally recognized because of its exceptional performance. It is the only child care regulatory agency in the country to be accredited through the National Council on Accreditation (COA). Agency staff has received highly specialized training in investigation practices and are certified.
CCLE licenses and monitors all child care facilities and family child care homes in Broward County. Inspections happen at least three times a year at every licensed provider including non-public schools and religious institutions. CCLE also helps parents make an informed choice as to which facility is best for their child. Go to the CCLE website and search all the licensed child care facilities in Broward to see what each offers and find out if they have had any past violations.
Business owners use CCLE to find information on child care, how to provide a more stimulating environment and improve services they offer. CCLE also offers information to prospective providers, reviewing floor plans and doing pre-licensing inspections.
And remember, “day care” is not always during the day. There are child care facilities which operate 24 hours a day for those who work around the clock. And every child care worker in Broward must pass a detailed screening process, including FBI, FDLE and local criminal background checks.
I urge you to check out the CCLE website and report any suspected unlicensed child care facility by calling 954-357-4800. The agency follows up on all complaints about facilities and suspected unlicensed services.
Above all, CCLE wants to be sure your child or grandchild is in a safe, comfortable and secure environment.