September 21, 2005

Thank you State of Indiana!

Today, with all it's problems, is why I choose to stay illegal.
Well, not "illegal" but "license exempt".
I would be illegal if I kept over a certain amount of kids in my daycare,
but I'm not doing that, so I'm fine.
But...the state of Indiana would prefer that all home daycare providers get licensed so that their "legality" is not questioned.
And you know what...I'm all for that.
What I'm not for is all the hoops you have to jump through just to get a piece of paper to hang on your wall. It's not like you have a support system after the fact.
The state bails on you.
I know this...I was license in 2000 through 2002. I did not renew my licence
because the state is worthless and unhelpful.
Too busy and not enough man power!
Well, my mom and I briefly have talked about me getting licensed again and her quitting her job and working for me. That would be nice!
So, last week, I begin the process....OH MY GOSH.
I see NOTHING has changed!
First off...I have to call 3 different places just to talk to someone about getting an application.
I call a place called 'Child Care Answers', I explain I'd like to get licensed again and would they please send me the info.
NOPE - you have to attend orientation meetings.
OK- well, I was licensed before...
OH OK - you don't need orientation, what's your name.
HMMMM, you're not in the system.
WHAT? I was just licensed 3 yrs ago, how am I not in the system?
Can you PROVE to us you were licensed?
YES, I can send you a copy of my license.
OK...well, we need that or we can't send you the packet of forms.
So, the state of Indiana has no record of licensed daycare providers from only 3 years ago??????? Great record keeping!!!!
Ok, so I send out a copy of my license Friday night.
Today, I finally get a call back from the lady who is the licensing specialist for my county. She was there when I was licensed before.
I had left her 2 messages on Friday. She finally called today, Wednesday!
That's state workers for you!
She says I HAVE to attend orientation meetings first or she will not except my application. Great, thanks! And lose the attitude!
So, I call CCR&R, they were suppose to call me back last week to tell me when they had these meetings set up. Of course, no one called.
So...they are now saying I only need to attend 1 of the 2 meetings since I was already licensed before but that I must do what my licensing lady says.
So, I call 'Child Care Answers' to ask if they got my license...YES, they did.
They are sending me out a packet with my application, I do not need to take
orientation classes.
OK, which is it? Do I need the stinkin classes or not.
So, I call the licensing lady...leave message. Maybe she'll call next week!
They have NO idea what they're doing!
So, I have 3 different organizations/state offices telling me 3 different things.
I asked the one lady " Do you guys NOT have a handbook of the policies"
She said they did...well, each office must have a different version!
I think for now, I'll keep my numbers low and forget about messing with getting licensed. Not real fair for my mom who is sick of her job, but what can I do?
I refuse to do this back and forth, they said this...they said that....
If you all can't get on the same page,
I understand now why this state has so many illegal daycares!
I blame THEM!
OH and now we must be finger printed...not just once, but every two years.
What is that about, my fingerprints don't change!
I guess it's just a little bonus for my local police department,
Cause , like all the other requirements, I have to pay for it myself.
Along with getting CPR and 1st Aid certified, getting a TB test plus a physical,
a drug test, background check and whatever else they can get us to fork out money for.
Ok, that's the end of my rant for the day!
I am on my way out to look for a new dryer.
Ours isn't heating right and it's taking 3 hours to dry 1 load of clothes.
I have to pick mom up from work too and we'll probably get something to eat.
~have a nice evening~


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