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Contemporary issues in licensing

Resource Type: Fact Sheets & Briefs
Author(s): National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement;
Date Issued: September, 2014
Publisher(s): National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement
Description: The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI) is pleased to announce a series of licensing reports to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Care's (OCC), goal of children served in safe, healthy child care settings. OCC is stepping up its work with States, Territories, and Tribes to strengthen licensing standards to ensure safety, health, and well-being, while supporting child care providers to meet standards. To support this effort, OCC is working with States to reform and strengthen standards to better promote the health, safety, and school readiness of children in federally funded child care. These reforms seek to strengthen health and safety standards and monitoring practices with child care providers, and provide mechanisms for parents to be informed when making choices about care for their children. While these proposed reforms will primarily impact child care supported by funding through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), improvements in monitoring, standards, and consumer education will benefit all families seeking the best possible care for their children. Within the early care and education system, licensing provides the baseline of protection for children and covers the broadest content, the largest number of children ages birth to school-age, and the largest population of providers. Licensing helps prevent various forms of harm to children--risks from the spread of disease, fire and other building safety hazards; injury; and developmental impairment from the lack of healthy relationships with adults, adequate supervision, or developmentally appropriate activities. The Office of Child Care hopes that this report series, which includes research as well as examples of innovative and diverse state practices, will be helpful to state licensing agencies as they seek to strengthen their programs and better protect children in out-of-home care. (author abstract)
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Source: Fairfax, VA: National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/public/1409_issue_brief_summary_final__0.pdf
Topics: Policies > Child Care & Early Education Policies > Licensing & Regulation
Country: United States
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