Private Organization Accreditation

Children's Home Society of Florida delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children.


Nicole Deprez-Garrity, M.Ed.

Volunteer Roles: Endorser, Lead Endorser

Nicole Deprez-Garrity is a lead After School Endorser based in Germany.
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Early Childhood Education facilitates appropriate child development and ensures the health and safety of children in care.

ECE 12: Oversight of Family Child Care Homes

The organization provides oversight and support to family child care homes to ensure care is being provided in a safe environment that promotes healthy child development.

NA The organization does not utilize family child care homes to expand its capacity to provide care.

Rating Indicators
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of supports offered to family child care homes
    • Screening criteria for family child care homes
    • Matching procedures for family child care homes
    • Documentation of licensure for family child care homes
    • Documentation of caregiver credentials for family child care providers
    • Curricula of any training offered to family child care personnel
    • Group sizes and ratios for family child-care homes
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Family Child Care Coordinator
    • Review personnel record for Family Child Care Coordinator

  • ECE 12.01

    Family child care coordinators are qualified by:

    1. a CDA, CCP, or equivalent credential;
    2. an associate’s degree in early childhood education or child development; or
    3. a bachelor’s degree in a related field with two years of post-graduate experience in early childhood education.

    Interpretation: Related fields include early childhood education, child development, elementary education, early childhood special education, psychology, family consumer sciences, home economics, social work, and social services.

  • ECE 12.02

    Family child care coordinators:

    1. recruit and assess family child care homes prior to their use;
    2. provide support and supervision through a monthly home visit;
    3. offer training and professional development opportunities; and
    4. monitor the quality of care being provided.

  • ECE 12.03

    The organization utilizes family child care homes staffed by individuals with:

    1. a GED or high school diploma;
    2. at least 45 hours of family child care-related training within the last three years; and
    3. access to ongoing training and education.

    Interpretation: The organization may choose to provide ongoing training or assistance in obtaining continuing education.

  • FP
    ECE 12.04

    Prior to use, all family child care homes are screened to ensure they are fully licensed or approved, according to applicable regulatory requirements.

  • ECE 12.05

    The needs of the child and family are matched with a care provider to ensure suitable, family-based care.

  • ECE 12.06

    The organization is aware of available spaces at each child care home and only refers families when it is determined that the resulting teacher-child ratios and group sizes:

    1. allow teachers to provide supervision that ensures child health and safety;
    2. allow teachers to establish and maintain relationships with each child in the group;
    3. allow teachers to offer a variety of activities and lessons that promote social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development;
    4. take into consideration the size and configuration of the space;
    5. take into consideration the qualifications and competencies of the caregiver; and
    6. take into consideration the needs of the children in the group.

    Interpretation: Generally, teacher-child ratios should not exceed COA’s Recommended Teacher-Child Ratios and Group Sizes.

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