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The Childcare Inspection section was established in 2001 and achieved full staffing this year. As of July 2004, there were six field inspectors and one supervisor who work full-time inspecting childcare centers and ministries across Indiana. In addition to the standard annual inspections, this year the inspectors have worked closely with centers and ministries to help them understand and develop the new fire safety plans, emergency evacuation procedures and employee training programs that are required, for the first time, under the 2003 Indiana Fire Code. These fire and emergency plans and procedures will increase the safety of children in the centers and ministries, as well as the safety of their employees. Fire safety and evacuation plans are in written form and are available for the employees to read as well as available for the inspector to check. Records for fire drills have also been upgraded with the new code. They include nine different items that must be recorded rather than five with the old code. With the addition of simulations, the drills can be more life-like and create a better learning environment for everyone at the childcare facility. If there are any problems they can be addressed as they arise. Employee training will make the employees more proficient at their assigned duties during drills as well as in the event of an emergency. In 2004, the childcare inspectors performed more than 2,000 inspections.

The following is a listing of the each of the six field inspection districts. These districts are designed to divide the inspection areas as evenly as possible, according to number of centers and ministries, and the distance that the inspectors have to travel.

District 22

Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Fulton, Hamilton, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami Montgomery, Newton, Parke, Pulaski, Starke, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, & White.

District 23

Marion

District 24

Adams, Allen,Blackford, Dekalb, Delaware, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Madison, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wells, & Whitely.

District 25

Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Putnam, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Switzerland, Union, & Wayne.

District 26

Clark, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Floyd, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Scott, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburg, Vigo, Warrick, & Washington.

District 27

Elkhart, Lake, LaPorte, Porter, & St. Joseph.

In addition to conducting inspections and public education, inspectors receive continuing training to ensure consistency in the inspection program. Childcare providers must be confident that fire safety laws that apply to their facilities are interpreted and uniformly enforced throughout the state. Although no two buildings are the same and fire and building codes change over time, the inspectors are trained to appropriately evaluate each facility according to the applicable fire safety laws to achieve the same result statewide - the safety of the children and staff.

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