Group Care Facilities
Day Care Facilities
Day care facilities which provide care for five or more children unrelated to the facility operator are inspected twice a year. These inspections look at the general sanitation of the facility, food hygiene practices (if applicable), sewage disposal, water supply, garbage disposal, and general safety issues. If a swimming pool is located on the premises, this is also inspected.
Family Day Care centers provide care for four or less unrelated children plus up to five additional after-school children. These facilities are not inspected by the Columbia County Health Department.
Day care facilities are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, with the exception of some church-affiliated day care centers. To contact the local office of the Department of Children and Families, call (386) 758-1510.
Group Residential Facilities
Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs)
All Nursing Homes receive a food service inspection four times a year.
Or, you may contact Patty Melgaard at the Florida Department of Health in Columbia County - (386) 758-1058.