65C-22.008. School Age Child Care  


Effective on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • 1(1) Application for licensure. Application for a license or for renewal of a license to operate a school-age child care program must be made on CF-FSP Form 5272, May 2019, Application for a License to Operate a School-Age Child Care Facility, which is incorporated by reference. CF-FSP Form 5272 may be obtained from the Department’s website at 58www.myflfamilies.com/59c60hildcare 61or from the following link: 66http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-1046868.

    69(2) 70Licensing: 71A school-age child care program must be licensed prior to operation and for continued operation, unless 87the program demonstrates that it is 93exempt pursuant to subsection (3), below. The license is issued in the name of the owner. The owner may be an individual, partnership, association, company or corporation, and the license must be posted in a conspicuous location where the school-age child care program is operating138.

    139(3) 140Exemptions: A school-age child care program is not required to be licensed as long as the program complies with the minimum background screening requirements provided in sections 167402.305 168and 169402.3055, F.S., 171and if the program demonstrates that conditions of one of the following criteria outlined in paragraphs (a)-(e), below, are met. A school-age program exempted under paragraph (3)(a), (c), or (d), below, may become licensed if it chooses to meet all of the applicable licensing standards in subsection (5), below.

    220(a) Programs on School Sites. The program is located on a public/nonpublic school site; and:

    2351. Is operated and staffed directly by that school or through a formal agreement, such as a contract, between the school (or school district, when the latter reserves authority for such agreements) and a provider which names the school/school district as the responsible party for the operation of the program. A lease for space or user agreement, with or without the endorsement of the program by the school/school district, does not meet the formal agreement requirement.

    3112. Serves only the school-age children attending the school during the school day. The program may provide services during any out-of-school time, including before school, after school, on teacher planning days, holidays, and intercessions that occur during the school district’s academic calendar year.

    3543. Follows the standards set forth by the Florida Building Code State Requirements for Public Educational Facilities pursuant to Section 374402.305(5), F.S., 376programs operated in public school facilities, regardless of the operator.

    386(b) Instruction/Tutorial Programs. The program is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and has a single instructional/tutorial purpose and that purpose is the only service that the program provides. Some examples of these programs include, but are not limited to, tutoring; a computer class; a ballet class; a karate class; baseball instruction or other sport; the program cannot provide any service beyond the instructional and tutorial/academic activity; and:

    4571. Does not cater, serve or prepare meals. The program may choose to provide drinks and ready-to-eat snacks that are individually pre-packaged and do not require refrigeration.

    4842. Does not advertise or otherwise represent that the program has attributes of child care, as defined in section 503402.302(1), F.S.

    5053. Enrollment information shall clearly define the duration of the instructional sessions. Session time may not exceed two hours. If tutoring is provided in multiple academic areas, the total combined session times cannot exceed three hours per day.

    5434. Does not contract to deliver a school readiness program pursuant to section 5561002.88, F.S.

    5585. Does not provide transportation directly or through a contract or agreement with an outside entity, during the hours of operation for the purposes of field trips.

    585(c) Open Access Programs. The program is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and meets all of the following criteria:

    6081. Operates/Serves children for less than four hours per day; however, the program may provide services during any out-of-school time, including before school, after school, on teacher planning days, holidays, and intercessions that occur during the school district’s official academic calendar year.

    6502. Does not advertise or otherwise represent that the program is an afterschool child care program or that the program offers supervision.

    6723. Allows children to enter and leave the program at any time without permission, prior arrangements, or supervision, and the program does not assume responsibility for supervision.

    6994. Does not provide transportation, directly or through a contract or agreement with an outside entity, during the hours of operation for the purposes of field trips; and,

    7275. Does not serve or prepare any meals or snacks other than drinks and ready-to-eat snacks that are individually pre-packaged and do not require refrigeration.

    7526. Does not contract to deliver a school readiness program pursuant to section 7651002.88, F.S.

    767(d) Any program that is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and is providing care for school aged children that is operated by, or in affiliation with a national membership non-profit or not for profit organization that certifies membership organizations, as of February 1, 2017, in at least ten states, that was created for the purpose of providing activities that contribute to the development of good character or good sportsmanship or to the education or cultural development of minors in this state, that charges a membership fee for children and may receive grant funding for services. Such is certified by its national association as complying with the association’s purposes, procedures, minimum standards and mandatory requirements for all of its before school, after school or out-of-school time programs. The program must notify the Department prior to operating and annually, thereafter, of any operation of before school, after school or out-of-school time programs, provide verification of certification and good standing by its national association for all of its before school, after school or out of school time programs, and complete an annual attestation for compliance with background screening requirements. The Attestation of Compliance, CF-FSP 5218A, May 2019, is incorporated by reference and available 971at 972http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10465974. Failure by a program to comply with such reporting, providing required verifications, and screening requirements shall result in the loss of the program’s exemption from licensure.

    1001(e) The program is not designated as a Gold Seal Quality Care provider and provides child care exclusively for children in grades six and above.

    1026(4) School-age exempt providers shall submit prior to operating and upon request of the Department, an Attestation of Compliance with background screening requirements, and providers must attest that the program continues to operate in the manner as presented to the Department for the exemption determination. Prior to any changes in operation, the program shall submit a written notification to the Department outlining the proposed changes for a redetermination. Failure by a program to comply with such reporting, providing required verifications, and screening requirements shall result in the loss of the program’s exemption from licensure.

    1120(5) School-Age Child Care Standards. School age child care programs must follow the standards found in the School-Age Child Care Facility Handbook, May 2019, incorporated herein by reference. The handbook may be obtained from the Department’s website at www.myflfamilies.com/childcare or from the following link: 1164http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-104811166.

    1167Rulemaking Authority 1169402.305 FS. 1171Law implemented 1173402.305 FS. 1175History-New 9-12-04, Amended 4-12-07, 5-1-08, 1-13-10, 8-1-13, 3-30-17, 6-12-19.