Child Care Licensing Study, 2005 (ICPSR 21400)
Published: Oct 13, 2009
National Association for Regulatory Administration
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center
The purpose of the 2005 Child Care Licensing Study was to report two aspects of child care licensing from 2005 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia: (1) state child care licensing programs and policies, and (2) child care center licensing regulations.
To collect information on states' licensing policies, including staffing, monitoring, and enforcement of licensing regulations, the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) disseminated the 2005 NARA Child Care Licensing Program Survey to all state child care licensing agencies in February 2005. Responses were received from all states. The survey focuses on the processes and policies in each state related to staffing for the licensing program, monitoring facilities, and enforcement of licensing regulations. The data cover the following topic areas:
- Number of licensed facilities
- Complaint investigations
- Licensing staff
- Enforcement actions
- Types of inspections
- Licensing information on the Internet
- Frequency of inspections
- Licensing fees
- Frequency of licensing
- Licensing staff requirements
- Inspections and monitoring
- The role of licensing in quality initiatives
Data on child care center licensing regulations were compiled from the regulations posted on the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education Web site (http://nrc.uchsc.edu/STATES/states.htm) between January 1 and December 31, 2005. The data cover the following areas:
- Licensing regulations
- Additional staff training requirements
- Definition of licensed child care centers
- Child-staff ratios and group size
- Staff roles and age requirements
- Supervision of children
- Staff qualifications and ongoing training requirements
- Care of children
- Facility requirements
- Staff hiring requirements
More information on the study is located on the National Association for Regulatory Administration Web site.
Subject Termschild care child health child nutrition facilities licensing state regulations
Geographic CoverageUnited States
Smallest Geographic Unitstate
Time Period(s)2004-01 -- 2005-12
Date of Collection2005-02 -- 2005-12
Data Collection Notes
Upon conversion from the original Microsoft Access database, some formatting was not retained.
No data is available for Idaho. Idaho does not have child care licensing at the state level.
Users should note that due to limitations in SAS, Stata, and SPSS, variables containing open-ended/qualitative data (>244 characters) are available in Microsoft Excel format only.
The data in this collection has been organized in a way designed to reflect the existing structure presented in the Child Care Licensing Survey Final Report and on the NARA Web site.
UniverseAll state child care licensing agencies in the United States.
Unit(s) of Observationagency
Data Type(s)administrative records data, survey data
Mode of Data Collectionmail questionnaire
Response RatesResponses were received from all states and the District of Columbia.
Original Release Date2009-09-15
2009-10-13 User guide was added to documentation.
2009-09-15 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Performed consistency checks.
- Created variable labels and/or value labels.
- Standardized missing values.
The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.
This study is provided by Child Care & Early Education Research Connections.