Child care providers are required to maintain a variety of certifications. The specifics vary from state to state, but often include skills such as basic first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). These specific skills are extremely important, and require regularly-scheduled recertification to ensure that in-home and center-based childcare providers keep these skills up to date.
You may wonder…
What happens if one or more of my childcare certifications lapses?
Depending on the state you live in, the specific certification that has lapsed, and the length of time you’ve been operating without up-to-date documentation, you may receive a punishment ranging from a warning to misdemeanor charges.
In addition to the legal repercussions of letting one or more of your certifications lapse, you may also be opening yourself and your child care center up to unwanted liability exposure.
Increased Liability Exposure
Laura Morrow, a certified Senior Claim Law Associate (SCLA), and the Liability Claims Supervisor for West Bend Mutual Insurance, says: