Daycare Operators Prepare for Tougher Indiana Rules

By: Insurance Journal Childcare providers across Indiana are scrambling to find money to pay for broader criminal background checks of employees and educate staff about new rules to improve safety and prevent child abuse ahead of a July 1 deadline. Indiana lawmakers this year beefed up requirements for home-based daycares, licensed centers and ministry-based child cares that accept vouchers to help pay tuition costs for low-income families this spring. new balance femme The changes come a year after a 1-year-old drowned in an Indianapolis church’s baptismal font during daycare hours. cheap ffxiv Items Barbara Newton, director of First Presbyterian Preschool in Franklin, said she supports the tougher standards. “It’s expensive, but the cost would be even greater if you did nothing,” Newton told the Daily Journal. “Some parents are forced to seek out the cheapest options for child care, and this will help make sure the cheapest option is also a safe one.” The changes come at a cost for day cares, which must fingerprint all employees and conduct detailed FBI background checks. Those costs will rise to about $40 per person, up from the $7 charged for limited state background checks used in the past. The FBI checks must be done every three years. Melanie Brizzi, child care administrator for the state’s Bureau of Child Care, said digital fingerprinting and national criminal checks will prevent day-care operators from unwittingly hiring people with a history of felonies or child abuse in other states. Mochilas Kanken Big The national screening also checks for aliases, nicknames and other spellings of names. Adidas Zx Flux “The national check has several advantages. nike air jordan soldes No. Chaussures Adidas chaussures nike air max Fjallraven Kanken No2 1, it’s consistent for all provider types. And using the national FBI database captures criminal behavior from other states outside Indiana,” Brizzi said. Current daycare employees have a year to get fingerprinted, but new hires must go through the screening before they come in contact with children. adidas superstar soldes Newton said she plans to find the money to screen all 30 of her employees immediately. “We want to get this off our to-do list,” she said. Fjallraven Kanken Big asics gel kinsei 6 Other changes include increased training for daycare workers to help them recognize signs of abuse and new rules requiring infants to use sleep sacks instead of blankets in cribs. Elisabeth Jones, interim director of First United Methodist’s Learning Tree childcare classes, said she supports the new standards. timberland pas cher “In general, it’s a good move for the state of Indiana to keep all of us on a level playing field in regards to who is taking care of our children. nike air max The national background checks will help with that,” she said. adidas pas cher She acknowledged that the cost of the background checks is a concern at her 30-employee operation but said the additional outlay will be worth it in terms of safety. “I feel like the more systems in place to regulate these things, the better the state can watchdog whichever facilities aren’t compliant with the safety of our kids,” Jones said.

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