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65C-20.008 Application.

(1) Application for a license or for renewal of a license to operate a family day care home must be made on CF-FSP Form 5133, April 2006, Application for a License to Operate a Family Day Care Home, which is incorporated by reference. CF-FSP Form 5133 may be obtained from the licensing authority or on the Department of Children and Family Services’ website at www.myflorida.com/childcare by clicking on the forms link.

(2) A completed CF-FSP Form 5133 for renewal of an annual license must be submitted to the licensing authority at least 45 days prior to the expiration date of the current license to ensure that a lapse of licensure does not occur.

(3)(a) A submitted CF-FSP Form 5133 will not be considered complete until the licensing authority receives proof of background screening clearance on the operator/applicant of the family day care home and on all other household members who are subject to background screening pursuant to Section 402.313(3), F.S.

(b) An employment history check is required as part of background screening, must include the previous two (2) years and must be maintained in the department’s licensing file.

1. An employment history check conducted under this rule shall include the applicant’s position description, confirmation of employment dates from previous job(s), and level of job performance.

2. CF Form 1649A, January 2007, An Attestation of Good Moral Character, which is incorporated by reference, must be completed for all operators/applicants and all adult household members annually or in accordance with local licensing agency compliance and must be maintained in the department’s licensing file. CF-FSP 1649 may be obtained from the licensing authority or on the Department of Children and Family Services’ website at www.myflorida.com/childcare by clicking on the forms link.

3. For the purpose of issuing a license, any out-of-state criminal offense, which if committed in Florida would constitute a disqualifying felony offense, shall be treated as a disqualifying felony offense for screening purposes under this rule. A screening conducted under this rule is valid for five (5) years, at which time a five (5) year re-screen must be conducted.

a. The five (5) year re-screen is required for the operator/applicant and all other household members, including juveniles and substitutes, and must be maintained in the department’s licensing file.

b. The five (5) year re-screen must include, at a minimum, statewide criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a local criminal records check.

c. An operator/applicant must be re-screened following a break in operation of the family day care home that exceeds 90 days. A person in this category must undergo the same level of screening that was required at the time of initial operation of the family day care home. If operator/applicant takes a leave of absence, such as maternity leave, extended sick leave, etc., re-screening is not required unless the five (5) year re-screen has come due during the leave of absence.

Specific Authority 402.313 FS. Law Implemented 402.302(13), 402.313 FS. History–New 7-2-98, Amended 7-13-03, 9-12-04, 4-12-07.

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