News and Updates
This page will post information of interest to family child care that was first posted on the home page.
2019 Legislative Changes will be added here.
CACFP Rates July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Rates for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 will remain the same as last year. For Minnesota the rates are as follows:
Tier I: Breakfast $1.31 Tier II: Breakfast $ .48 Lunch/Supper $2.46 Lunch/Supper $1.48
Snack $ .73 Snack $ .20
When doing your 2018 taxes the rates indicated in Tier I will be used to calculate your food deduction if you use the standard rate deduction for actual food expenses for your child care.
Link to Legislative Changes in 2018
Fix-It Ticket Posted 1-2-2018 by DHS
Beginning January 1, 2018, county licensors are required to issue a Fix-It-Ticket for the identified violations approved by the commissioner that do not imminently endanger the health, safety, or rights of children. Fix-It Tickets are only issued during annual licensing inspections. Providers are not required to post the Fix-It Ticket.
To operationalize the Fix-It Ticket for all annual inspections, DHS has developed a Fix-It Ticket form. The form is available for your review on our web site. Family child care licensors will use the form to issue a provider a Fix-It Ticket during an annual inspection (licensing, re-licensing, and off-year) when the provider is not in compliance with one or more of the eligible items. The licensor will identify on the form by item letter (listed on page 2 of the form) the item(s) that was not in compliance and whether the provider was able to correct the item while the licensor was on-site or if the provider has 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) to correct the violation. Please Note: For 2018, all providers are eligible for a Fix-It Ticket for all items regardless of the outcome of inspections completed in 2017. In 2019, items on the list are not eligible for a Fix-It Ticket if a correction order or a Fix-It Ticket was issued for the violation at the 2018 annual inspection.
New Licensing Requirements
There are several new licensing requirements for family child care that county licensors will monitor for beginning January 1, 2018. During 2018, licensors will use a form during all annual licensing inspections (licensing, re-licensing, and off-year) to determine whether a provider is in compliance with the new requirements. If a provider is not in compliance with one or more of the requirements, the licensor will provide technical assistance on the requirement(s) and how the provider can come into compliance. The items will not be cited in a correction order. The provider then has 30 days to come into compliance with the identified requirements. The licensor will check for compliance with the identified items at the next annual inspection in 2019. The form will be left with the provider for their reference, but they do not need to post the form.
ADDITONAL STEP IN RECORDING STORM/FIRE DRILLS TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2018
The TIME when drills take place along with the date, must be recorded when all monthly Fire/Storm drills take place.
There is not a specific form that is required to keep track of the drills.
Some counties provide a form to record drills, however, you can record this on any form or method you choose.
(Licensing may not issue a correction order for using a different form.)
Here is the language of the Statue.
Minn. Stat. 245A.51, subd. 3
c) The license holder must conduct drills according the requirements in Minnesota Rules, part 9502.0435, subpart 8. The date and time of the drills must be documented.
This document was released December 22, 2017 and includes a list of Family Child Care Voilations Eligible for a Fix-It Ticket as of January 1, 2018.
Did you get this email from the Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding 2017 legislative changes that affect family child care providers? (September 2017)
September 26, 2017
Licensed Family Child Care Provider, please see the message below that DHS sent to county licensors on 9/26/17.
As you know, several changes in statute were passed during the 2017 legislative session that affect licensed family child care providers. These changes had various dates by which these new provisions would take effect. One of the 2017 changes requires DHS to provide information to child care license holders on a timely basis of changes to statute, rule, regulation, and policy, including information to promote license holder compliance. However, DHS Licensing Division is still preparing this information for county licensors and providers. Therefore, county licensors are being instructed by this email to not begin monitoring for compliance or issuing correction orders for any of the new 2017 provider requirements until you receive further direction from DHS. In addition, you should continue to process background studies as you have been. Due to systems changes that need to be made, the new background studies from the 2017 legislative session will not be available until the middle of 2018.
We will share more information with county licensors about our implementation plan at the October 25 county licensor training event. Licensed family child care providers will receive a mailing from DHS by November 1st with more information about the legislative changes.
This email is also being sent to licensed family child care providers via email and County Licensors are also encouraged to share this information with providers. This email will also be posted on the DHS Child Care website later this week.
Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma training requirements for relatives clarified Clarifies that an individual who is related to the license holder and who is involved only in the care of the license holder’s own infant or child under school age and who is not designated to be a caregiver, helper, or substitute for the licensed program is exempt from the sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma training. S.F. 2, Article 7, section 24. Modifies §245A.50, subdivision 5. Effective July 1, 2017.
Definition of “annual” modified for purposes of 245A.50 Defines “annual” or “annually” for the purposes of family child care training requirements in section 245A.50 to mean the 12-month period beginning on the license effective date or the annual anniversary of the effective date and ending on the day prior to the annual anniversary of the license effective date. S.F. 2, Article 9, sections 1-2. Modifies §245A.02, subdivision 2b; creates a new subdivision, 2c, in 245A.02. Effective July 1, 2017.
Licensing inspection exit interview required Requires the county licensing agency to offer an exit interview following a licensing inspection to discuss violations of law or rule observed during the inspection and offer technical assistance on how to comply with applicable laws and rules. S.F. 2, Article 9, section 3. Modifies §245A.04, subdivision 4. Effective October 1, 2017.
Request for expedited correction order review permitted Permits licensed family child care providers to request expedited review of a correction order if 1) the corrective action pending reconsideration would require either a substantial expenditure of funds or change to the licensed program and 2) the license holder describes actions the license holder will take in lieu of the corrective action to ensure the health and safety of children in care pending reconsideration of the correction order. S.F. 2, Article 9, section 4. Modifies §245A.02, subdivision 2. Effective July 1, 2017.
Fix-it ticket authorized Requires the commissioner to issue, in lieu of a correction order, a fix-it ticket if the commissioner finds that 1) the license holder failed to comply with an applicable requirement that is eligible for a fix-it ticket; 2) the violation does not imminently endanger the health, safety, or rights of the persons served by the program; 3) the license holder did not receive a fix-it ticket or correction order for the violation at the license holder’s last licensing inspection; 4) the violation can be corrected at the time of inspection or within 48 hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; and 5) the license holder corrects the violation at the time of inspection or agrees to correct the violation within 48 hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Within one week of receiving a fix-it ticket, the license holder must submit evidence that the license holder corrected the violation; if the license holder does not submit evidence or the evidence of the correction is insufficient, the commissioner must issue a correction order. The list of violations eligible for a fix-it ticket will be developed by the commissioner following consultation with license holders and county agencies. S.F. 2, Article 9, section 7. Creates a new section, §245A.065. Effective October 1, 2017.
Correction order quotas prohibited Prohibits the commissioner and county licensing agency from ordering, mandating, requiring, or suggesting to any person responsible for licensing or inspecting a family child care or child care center a quota for the issuance of correction orders. S.F. 2, Article 9, section 6. Modifies §245A.06. Effective July 1, 2017.
Correction order posting modified Requires the Commissioner to issue amended correction orders following a reversal or rescission of a correction order violation and modifies posting requirements for correction orders that are reversed or rescinded. S.F. 2, Article 9, section 5. Modifies §245A.06, subdivision 8. Effective July 1, 2017.
Annual inspections To bring Minnesota into compliance with federal requirements, counties will now be required to inspect family child care programs at least annually. S.F. 2, Article 16, Section 5. Modifies §245A.16, subdivision 1. Effective August 1, 2017.
Communication regarding changes to law and policy required Requires the commissioner to provide information to child care license holders on a timely basis of changes to state and federal statute, rule, regulation and policy relating to the provision of licensed child care, the child care assistance program, and Parent Aware, and child care licensing functions delegated to counties, including information to promote license holder compliance. S.F. 2, Article 9, Section 9. Creates new section, §245A.1434. Effective July 1, 2017.
Child care and development block grant changes Brings Minnesota into compliance with the health and safety requirements of the 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Changes include: Changes to parental access Modifications to the existing child growth and development and behavior guidance training Modifications to the existing supervising for safety training requirement Requirements relating to allergies, handling and disposal of bodily fluids, and emergency preparedness. In addition, license holders will be required to use the DHS Child Care Emergency Plan DSH- 7414A (PDF). S.F. 2, Article 16, Sections 4, 14-17. Creates a new subdivision 15 in 245A.14; modifies 245A.50, subdivisions 2, 7. Creates a new section, 245A.51. Effective August 1, 2017. Modifies §245A.50, subdivision 9. Effective July 1, 2017.
Background study requirement modifications Requires a new fingerprint-based background study for all licensed family child care and licensed child care centers and their staff and household members. The new background study, which will be valid for five years and will be conducted by the Department of Human Services, will include a review of Minnesota criminal records, predatory offender registry, and child abuse and neglect registry. It will also include a review of FBI criminal records, the National Sex Offender Public Website, and child abuse and neglect registries in any state where the subject has resided in the previous five years. The background study will cost $40 in addition to a separate finger printing fee. All individuals whose activities involve the care or supervision of a child or include unsupervised access to children will be required to obtain the new enhanced background study. S.F. 2, Article 16, Sections 18-42. Various effective dates. The Department will contact license holders with more details about these changes and alert them to when they must obtain the new, enhanced background study. Licensing data and correction order posting guidelines No later than November 1, 2017, the commissioner shall develop guidelines for posting public licensing data for licensed child care programs following consultation with stakeholders. S.F. 2, Article 7, Section 35. General changes for licensing Increase of fine for serious maltreatment for certain license types
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