By David Volz
The Broward County Commissioner has given initial approval to a proposed ordinance that will change the child care licensing process. The new law will require applicants to provide the names of all child care employees and their educational credentials.
“This is an important step toward creating a tool for parents so that they have access to a searchable database, know who is teaching their kids and what kind of training they’ve had. In addition, we want to make sure that they’re able to look at that database and see that the child care center itself is in compliance on all the different levels,” said Commissioner Beam Furr. He proposed the amended ordinance.
Broward County’s Child Care Licensing Enforcement Division is responsible for the implementation of the state-mandated licensing of all child care facilities and family child care homes in the County. Information on licensed child care facilities is available online along with accompanying compliance documents. If the proposed ordinance passes, information about all employees and their credentials will be added to the public database.