When the local licensing agency determines that a child care program is not in compliance with child care standards set forth in the Child Care Ordinance, the Florida Statutes or the Florida Administrative Code, it shall make a reasonable attempt to discuss each violation with the owner or director or operator of the program, document the violation(s) in the inspection report and establish the time frame within which the owner or director shall complete corrective action for any violation. There are four (4) classes of violations:
Class I Violations
“Class I Violation” is the most serious Class of Violation and requires immediate correction. This category of violations shall refer to those conditions or occurrences constituting negligence related to the operation and/or maintenance of a child care facility that the local licensing agency has determined present an immediate danger to the children in care or personnel at the facility that could or does cause serious physical or emotional harm. It includes at a minimum, violations related to background screening requirements, staff to child ratios, direct supervision, facility capacity, reporting requirements relative to any event of an illness, accident, injury, or emergency at the facility which results in the serious injury or death of a child, and the provision relative to releasing a child from a facility.
Class II Violations
“Class II Violation” refers to those conditions or occurrences related to the operation and/or maintenance of a child care facility that the local licensing agency has determined threatens directly or potentially the physical or emotional health, safety, or security of the children. Class II violations include at a minimum the following; non-compliance with First aid/CPR requirements, requirement to have a first aid kit on site, requirements related to physical facility, and sanitation requirements.
Class III Violations
“Class III Violation” pose a low potential for harm to children in care. This category of violations shall refer to those conditions or occurrences related to the operation and/or maintenance of a child care facility that the local licensing agency has determined threatens indirectly or potentially the physical or emotional health, safety or security of children. Class III Violations include at a minimum, the following; non-compliance with record keeping for enrollment of children and child care personnel information, record keeping of mandatory fire drills, providing proof of satisfactory fire inspection, providing proof of current and proper insurance, educational requirements of personnel, requirement to maintain a daily log of children in attendance.
Class IV Violations
“Class IV Violation” refers to those conditions or occurrences related to the operation and/or maintenance of a child care facility that the local licensing agency has determined may threaten indirectly or potentially the physical or emotional health, safety, or security of children and which do not rise to the level of severity of Class I, II or III Violations.
The goal of Child Care Licensing and Enforcement is to regulate, enforce and improve the quality of child care in Broward County. CCLE seeks to provide child care programs with the information they need to operate in compliance with all applicable standards. This is accomplished through inspections, education, technical assistance, guidance and positive on-going interactions with providers. When enforcement action is warranted, the steps in the agencies’ enforcement process are generally sequential in nature and if necessary, progressive and incorporate the provider’s recent noncompliant history. Some violations however, due to their severity, require immediate and impactful intervention. Depending on the severity and frequency, actions can include technical assistance, notices of violations, administrative fines, probationary licensure status, suspension and license revocation.