Daycare Centers To Get New Background Checks, Requirements

All centers which receive taxpayer-funded vouchers will have a list of new requirements they must meet.

children at penny lane day care

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A teacher helps children learn to count during snack time at Penny Lane Day Care-West in Bloomington.

Significant changes are on the way for Indiana’s child care providers.

The Family and Social Services Administration’s Bureau of Child Care has started notifying daycares of the new requirements, which go into effect July 1, wherein all regulated child care providers must comply with national criminal background checks for employees and staff.

Bureau of Child Care administrator Melanie Brizzi says the new rules will affect about 5,000 facilities in the state.

“The changes include the type of national criminal history check that is required for providers as well as some additional health and safety standards for those providers that are are receiving funding through the Child Care Development Fund,” Brizzi says.

The Child Care Development Fund is a type of federal voucher. The changes are a result of newly-passed legislation and will affect licensed centers, licensed homes, unlicensed registered ministries and unlicensed homes and unlicensed centers.

Also starting July 1, child care providers who accept taxpayer-funded vouchers will have to meet health and safety standards such as keeping medicines out of reach, washing hands regularly, requiring supervisors be at least 18 years of age and practicing safe sleeping for infants.

The agency is sending emails to providers, and will send out informational packets during the month of June.

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