Religious Exempt from Licensure Accreditation

Religious Exemption Certification:
Faith Based Child Care Facilities in Florida may exempt from obtaining a license from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), if they choose to and become a Religious Exemt Child Care Facility through an approved agency.

The FCCPSA is recognized by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families as a Religious Exemption certification agent for child care facilities.

The statutes provide the religious exemption for programs to be certified by an approved agency provided they are an integral part of a church or parochial school, meet the level two background screening requirements of DCF, local health requirements in addition to the on-site evaluation process of the agency to ensure compliance with its standards for health, safety and sanitation.

"The provisions of ss 402.301-402.319, except for the requirements regarding screening of child care personnel, shall not apply to a child care facility which is an integral part of church or parochial schools conducting regularly scheduled classes, courses of study, or educational programs accredited by, or by a member of, and organization which publishes and requires compliance with its standards for health, safety, and sanitation. However such facilities shall meet minimum requirements of the applicable local governing body as to health, sanitation, and safety and shall meet the screening requirements pursuant to ss 402, 305 and 402, 3055. Failure by a facility to comply with such screening requirements shall result in the loss of the facilities exemption from licensure."

The FCCPSA proudly maintains an accreditation partnership agreement that provides AdvancED/SACS accreditation to FCCPSA schools. This partnership allows schools to obtain both FCCPSA and SACS accreditation through one seamless process.

In 1996, the Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child care facilities and family day care homes that are accredited by nationally recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children.

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) requires that all full member senior high schools be accredited by one of 16 approved accrediting agencies to play sports in the state league.