Florida To Review Policy On Child Care

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The Florida Department of Children and Families says it will review a statewide policy allowing convicted felons to get child-care licenses.

The Tampa Tribune on Sunday had a story about five people who were allowed to open day care centers in their homes despite felony records and other offenses.

DCF automatically disqualifies applicants convicted of serious crimes. But state law provides an opportunity for those applicants to request an exemption.

In an e-mail, DCF Secretary Lucy Hadi told colleagues that the agency's Tallahassee office will oversee a statewide "quality assurance" review of background screening procedures.

State Representative Bill Galvano applauds Hadi's action. Galvano, chairman of the House of Representatives' Future of Florida's Families committee, says there shouldn't be exemptions when it comes to children's safety.