The Florida Department of Children and Families is a statewide governmental agency known for its dedication to protecting children. Per its website, DCF focuses on its mission to “Protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.”
In order to ensure safety and security for the children, DCF maintains rigorous standards for all licensed preschools and childcare facilities. From annual reviews and three onsite inspections per year to detailed paperwork for each child, DCF strives to provide reliable oversight and encourage best practices. DCF also mandates training for all childcare personnel as well as competency tests for all administrators.