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Changes to Child Care Laws effective July 1 2013

Important new child care laws recently enacted by the Indiana General Assembly (SEA 305 and HEA 1494), go into effect on July 1. 2013.

All regulated child care programs will be impacted by the new laws including licensed homes, licensed centers, registered ministries, legally licensed exempt provider (LLEP) homes that receive payments through the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) and legally licensed exempt facilities that receive payments through CCDF.

Changes that will go into effect will affect different types of child care programs differently. Changes include

  • A requirement to conduct national background checks, including fingerprinting of all employees and volunteers
  • A requirement that all caregivers be 18 or older. If assistant caregivers are employed, they must be at least 14 and must be supervised at all times.
  • A requirement that a primary caregiver complete training on safe sleep for infants and that all staff and volunteers complete training on child abuse detection and prevention
  • A requirement that child care providers implement policies on the safe transportation of children and the use of appropriate discipline. These policies must be shared with parents.

PowerPoint presentations have been created to provide more information.

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation developed for unlicensed providers, click here.

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation developed for licensed providers, click here.

The links below provide additional information