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To Center Child Care Providers,
The Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) informed you that as of May 1, 2022, staff must have a DEEDS certificate to work in that role, not just apply for a certificate. Our goal is to have safeguards in place so that only eligible, qualified persons can be alone with children while still working to meet the needs of the center. However, please note that a person may work as an aide without a qualifications certificate. Consult center regulations for details.
After receiving your concerns regarding this policy change, OCCL has decided that staff members who have applied for a DEEDS position of intern or higher may be alone with children before receiving their certificate with the following conditions:
This temporary approval will be valid for a maximum of 60 calendar days. If no DEEDS qualification certificate has been received and placed in the personnel file within this period, the individual reverts to aide status and must comply with those regulations.
As follow-up to the last provider call, several names were mentioned of persons waiting for their certificates. Many of them were checked by an Office of Early Learning staff member and no pending applications were found in DEEDS under the specific names mentioned. OCCL also wants you to know that an additional DEEDS staff person will be starting next week to help expedite the application process.
We continue to acknowledge the work force crisis and hope that these changes are helpful to you.
THE OFFICE OF CHILD CARE LICENSING
To all Licensed Center Providers,
The Office of Child Care Licensing has received requests regarding how to communicate with DEEDS Early Learning staff. As shown on the website, there are three ways to contact DEEDS Early Learning Staff:
No matter which method you choose, include your full name, contact information, and a summary of your request/problem. Please use only one method and wait for a response. Submitting multiple emails or leaving multiple messages will not result in a quicker response.
DEEDS staff monitor these sources daily and process requests as quickly as they can in the order they were received. The individual with the question or concern should contact DEEDS Early Learning, not their center administrator.