December 19, 2007

Diplomas for Daycare

Regulations regarding the qualifications for Ohio homeschoolers to work in daycare settings were clarified earlier this year as a result of conversations among Home School Legal Defense Association Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly, policymakers at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and others. Effective January 1, 2007, Ohio Administrative Code 5101:2-12-25 was amended to specifically address how homeschoolers can meet the daycare regulation requirement of completing a high school education.

The regulation now provides that a letter from the local school board is sufficient evidence of high school completion for homeschoolers. HSLDA takes the position that any letter received from the local school district excusing a child from compulsory attendance should be sufficient to meet this regulatory requirement. However, homeschoolers may also ask their local school board for a letter verifying compliance with the law during the graduate’s high school years. HSLDA has available a cover letter for members to send to the school district along with their excuse letters when they request the school board endorsement. Members wishing to receive HSLDA’s cover letter should contact our legal department by phone at (540) 338-5600 or info@hslda.org.

Attorney Donnelly is working with several members of the Ohio House and Senate to amend the current laws regarding daycare owners and workers, to make it easier for homeschool graduates to serve in these positions for which they are well qualified. If you or anyone you know is facing challenges in starting, running, or working for a daycare because of status as a homeschooler or homeschool graduate, please ask them to contact us.