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Becoming a Certified Family Home Provider

Becoming a Certified Family Child Care Home

 
Certification Means:
  • Providers can specialize in a specific age group or have a blended age group.
  • There are specific staff-to-child ratio requirements based on the ages and numbers of children in care.
  • Providers are allowed to care for up to 12 - 16 children at a time, as determined by CCD.
  • The minimum standards (rules) for a certified home are higher and more detailed than for a registered home. This can be used as a marketing tool.
  • The provider has at minimum one year experience in the child care profession, and/or a minimum level of education in early childhood education or development.
Certification Includes:
  • An on-site inspection every year, as well as unannounced monitoring visits.
  • An inspection by a health department staff person on an annual basis.
Certification is Different Then Registration Because:
  • There is the option of staff and staff must meet qualification requirements.
  • Fifteen clock hours of training is required every year for certified provider and staff.
  • There must be two exits from every floor and every room used by children.
  • Square footage requirements: 35 square feet per child per room for indoor space and 75 square feet per child outdoor space for each child using the area at one time.
  • There are specific requirements for a program of activities.
  • Additional business practices are needed: recordkeeping, posting of information, etc.
  • Certification is renewed each year.
Note: A registered family child care providerís compliance and non-compliance history will be taken into consideration when applying to become a certified family child care provider.
 
What to Do:
  • Call the CCD at 1 800-556-6616 or Child Care Resource Network at 776-1234 and ask for a copy of the Rules for Certified Family Child Care Homes.
  • Read the rules and organize your questions.
  • Contact your local CCD office and ask to have a certifier assigned to you. The certifier can answer your questions, discuss options, and schedule a pre-inspection of your home.
Adapted from CCD 129 (04-03)
 
Staff vs. Independent Contractor
 
Thinking about becoming a Certified Family Child Care Home or some other program needing staff?
 
Get information on what the difference is so you donít get into difficulties. Learn about current law from the state web site www.oregonindependentcontractors.com.
 
Includes industry-specific guidelines, characteristics of an independent contractor, state agency addresses, and who to contact for answers. Also get information about taxes, employment, labor, and workerís compensation law.
 


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