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Important new child care laws recently enacted by the Indiana General Assembly (HEA 1036) go into effect on July 1, 2014.
All unlicensed child care programs receiving CCDF funding will be impacted by the new laws. This includes registered ministries and legally licensed exempt programs (LLEP), both home and center based, that choose to accept CCDF vouchers.
If you are an unlicensed child care program accepting CCDF vouchers you must meet these additional standards effective July 1, 2014 in order to continue to receive CCDF funding.
1. Reporting Child Abuse and/or Neglect: If you, your staff or your volunteers have reason to believe that a child in your care is a victim of child abuse or neglect you are required under IC 31-33-5 to report it to the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.
FSSA will supply you with written material about reporting child abuse and/or neglect so that you can give this information to your staff and volunteers.
The Department of Child Services (DCS) has additional helpful information, including a public online training and informational presentation available here http://www.reportchildabuseandneglect.com/.
2. Telephone: In addition to having a working telephone in each of the locations that you operate a child care program, you are required to have a communication device (which may be your telephone) that is compatible with automated time and attendance system for the CCDF voucher program.
3. Visits by FSSA: If you refuse to allow, during child care business hours, FSSA, or an agent of FSSA, to inspect the location where you operate a child care program you will be decertified as a CCDF provider.
4. Injury or death of a child: You must notify a parent or legal guardian if a child in your care is injured. Also, you must immediately notify a parent or legal guardian if a child in your care has a serious bodily injury that requires medical attention (physician, dentist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic or emergency medical technician) or dies.
You must also notify the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (formerly the Bureau of Child Care) within 24 hours of any injuries or serious bodily injuries to a child that require medical attention (physician, dentist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic or emergency medical technician) and immediately notify us in the event of a child’s death.
Please call 1-877-511-1144 or contact your registration or certification consultant to report an injury or death.
Click here for a copy of the Injury Report form