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Practice partnering with families in a safe virtual environment.

This brief includes a description of family child care networks and addresses supports a staffed family child care network can provide, particularly to special populations (family, friend, and neighbor care, license-exempt providers, English language learners, and dual language learners); th

This document provides an overview of the work of the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development (NCTECD), which provides training and technical assistance to the Tribes and tribal organizations operating the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)...

Explore the Fatherhood Connection resource flash to enhance fatherhood engagement in your program. This resource provides early childhood staff with information that can be quickly applied in any early childhood settings. ​

Interpretive guides for their child care licensing regulations generally help child care licensing staff understand the purpose of licensing requirements and the methods they should use to assess facilities’ compliance with the requirements.

One of a series highlighting essential program practices for infant/toddler care, this resource communicates the importance of individualized care for infants and toddlers. It provides rationale for the practice and the role it plays in helping to promote positive child outcomes.

One of a series highlighting essential program practices for infant/toddler care, this resource communicates the importance of small groups for infants and toddlers. It provides rationale for the practice and the role it plays in helping to promote positive child outcomes.

One of a series highlighting essential program practices for infant/toddler care, this resource communicates the importance of inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities and other special needs.

This series helps promote essential program practices to ensure quality within family child care and center-based programs that serve infants and toddlers. It addresses the following topics:

One of a series highlighting essential program practices for infant/toddler care, this resource communicates the importance of continuity of care for infants and toddlers.

One of a series highlighting essential program practices for infant/toddler care, this resource communicates the importance of culturally sensitive care for infants and toddlers.

One of a series highlighting essential program practices for infant/toddler care, this resource communicates the importance of primary care for infants and toddlers.

Links to multiple program design and management resources, including self-assessment and materials checklists; culturally and linguistically relevant laws; regulations and guidelines; and resources on community assessment and collaboration. 

This webinar, held on September 28, 2016, examines trends in family child care (FCC), as well as strategies for tailoring training and technical assistance to the FCC provider.

The information in this resource guide is designed to help identify the education, training, and experience needed need to qualify for a teaching or administrative role in a child care center or to operate a family child care (FCC) program. Information is also included to help locate training and...
Find resources on program quality, funding, and a program spotlight in the NCASE Summer Learning Brief

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA Center) held a webinar titled High-Quality Early Learning for Dual-Language Learners: Moving from Research to Policy to Practice.

This brief describes the choices families make when selecting school-age care, and provides research on how families make these decisions. It is the second brief in a three-part series on school-age quality.

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a repository of state and territory licensing regulations and agency contact information.

This webinar focuses on the components and development of community assessments and how state, territory, and tribal leaders and early childhood program directors can use community assessment data to identify and serve new and underserved populations and those in greatest need of early education...

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of handling and storing hazardous materials for center-based and home-based child care settings.

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and using safe sleeping practices for center-based...

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of transportation requirements for center-based and home-based child care settings.

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of health and safety training requirements for center-based and home-based child care settings.

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of building and physical premises safety for center-based and home-based child care settings.

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of prevention and control of infectious diseases for center-based and home-based child care settings.  Licensin

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of administering medications in center-based and home-based child care settings.  Licensing administrators and

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of the prevention of and response to food allergy reactions for center-based and home-based child care settings....

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of emergency preparedness and response planning for center-based and home-based child care settings.

NCASE objectives and activities in support of programs serving school-age children.

Decades of research has documented what is referred to as the “summer slide" – the impact of summer vacation’s learning loss on the educational achievement of children, particularly low-income children.

Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOCB)  represents the minimum health and safety standards experts believe should be in place where children are cared for outside their own homes, whether in a home-based program or center-based facility.

Child care provides an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of children and their families. Starting and operating a child care business is both a personal and a business decision.

Examples and promising practices that support high-quality summer learning programs

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a repository of state and territory licensing regulations and agency contact information.

This brief provides an overview of strategies that States and Territories can employ to promote and strengthen business practices and leadership in early childhood settings.

QRIS quality standards are used to assign ratings to programs that participate in QRIS, providing parents and the public with information about each program’s quality.

During the past decade, States have moved forward with initiatives to strengthen early childhood programming and emphasize greater accountability for child outcomes. One of those efforts has been the development of Early Learning Guidelines (ELG).

This issue brief includes a table with links to all state agency, child care resource and referral, and quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) Web sites.

This issue brief provides examples and brief descriptions of state Web sites that effectively direct families to specific support services and other supplemental resources.

This issue brief focuses on how to support families in choosing quality care and understanding a QRIS. Innovative state examples describe various ways to inform parents about what to look for when searching for child care, including guidebooks, checklists, videos, and public awareness campaigns...

The purpose of this overview is to provide a variety of resources to support Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators in meeting the provisions of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

The attached resource was presented as part of the "Leading Change" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

  • Supporting Authentic Family Engagement

The attached resources were presented as part of the "Building a Child Care Infrastructure" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

The attached resources were presented as part of the "Increasing Access and Building Supply" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

The attached resources were presented as part of the "Building a Child Care Infrastructure" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

The attached powerpoint, entitled "Professional Development Opportunities on the Horizon" was presented at the 2015 Spring Cross-Regional Meetings.

This tool helps States and Territories begin or expand their emergency preparedness planning efforts to include other key partners in the State orTerritory. Links to additional information and contact information is also available for some of the agencies (marked with an asterisk).

This PowerPoint Presentation was presented as part of the Understanding the Potential of the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator National Webinar conducted in March 2015.

High-quality prekindergarten programs serve as building blocks for children’s education and help prepare young children for school.

In States and communities throughout the country, public-private partnerships are flourishing.

Child care facility lockdown licensing regulations, requirements, definitions, and procedures vary from State to State. States also vary in the trainings they offer programs regarding child care facility lockdowns and emergency preparedness.

This Webinar is part 6 in the CCSSSN’s series of Emergency Preparedness and Response Webinars. This 90-minute Webinar focuses on reducing the impact and trauma resulting from emergencies and disasters.

This document contains excerpts from state child care licensing regulations about emergency preparedness planning and response.

Early care and education can play an important role in helping children overcome traumatic events. Child care providers and educators may be the first to recognize signs of distress in children and may have the resources to refer them for specialized help.

Natural disasters and emergencies can be emotionally devastating and cause property damage that can be costly to repair. Child care programs are not immune to these risks and should plan and prepare for any event (minor as well as catastrophic) that may disrupt the day-to-day operations of their...

In a series of reports about contemporary issues in licensing, this report focuses on practices and policies pertaining to serious injuries and fatalities in child care.

This Webinar is part 1 of 6 in the Child Care State Systems Specialist Network’s (CCSSSN) series of Emergency Preparedness and Response Webinars. The Webinar addresses the most important features of, and participants in, a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan.

On the Arkansas Better Beginnings’ user-friendly Web site (http://www.arbetterbeginnings.com/providers-teachers/providers), providers can access checklists, applications, toolkits and...

This document shows key elements of Early Head Start (EHS) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) legislation and regulations. It can serve as a tool for States and local organizations to enter state-specific early education program requirements.

This paper describes the steps for start-up planning—the activities grantees engage in, as they prepare to implement their funded grant. Grantee staff who design and manage EHS programs may find this resource useful in their work.

This worksheet can help early education programs develop strong partnerships that provide high-quality, full-day, full-year comprehensive services to young children. Partners can use this tool to raise questions and prioritize critical issues to work together to build partnerships.

Partnerships are not simple or easy, however, when basic strategies are developed and followed the process has a stable foundation to keep it on track. Included in this document are strategies for consideration that partners can address as they work together.

The Assessment Checklist will assist partners in identifying skills, developing strategies, and strengthening the results of the partnerships. This checklist should be completed with all actively involved partners.

This document provides specific strategies grouped by principle that public-private partners can follow to help ensure success.

This document highlights the stages of partnership from the early stages of coming together as strangers to the higher level of commitment.

This document provides a list of specifics that partners might include in a written agreement, although not every item needs be addressed. Agreements vary, reflecting the uniqueness of the partnership.

This document provides an overview of the cooperation, coordination, and collaboration involved at partnerships of all levels.

This document includes key steps for creating successful partnerships.

This document provides information and specific examples of how States and Territories can combine quality initiatives and programs to support high-quality infant toddler care.

The Infant Toddler Consultant Self-Assessment Tool (Self-Assessment Tool) is designed for consultants from all disciplines (health, mental health, education, social services, etc.) who work in any setting that provides services to infants, toddlers, and their families, or who provide support to...

This document contains a list of links to State emergency preparedness and response guides, as well as links to state and national trainings on emergency preparedness and response topics.

This self-assessment tool can help leaders examine current practices and consider how best to promote continuity of care in their State/Territory. Areas to examine include subsidy policies, licensing regulations, quality rating and improvement systems, and professional development.

This document provides contact information and links to the Emergency Management Agency in States and Territories across the United States.

The Grantee Internal Controls Self-Assesment Instrument is designed to assist grantees in assessing how well their policies and procedures meet the CCDF regulatory requirements for supporting program integrity and financial accountability, while continuing to preserve access for eligible children...

A primary goal of the Office of Child Care is to help early childhood programs support children's healthy growth and development. This goal becomes especially important in the event of a major disaster or emergency, as children are among our most vulnerable populations.

The Guide to Effective Consultation is a collaborative effort of ACF  Region I Workgroups composed of representatives from all six New England States, national technical assistance providers and staff from the Region I Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start.

This document is a transcript of a webinar highlighting a collaborative effort by Region I States to share information on interdisciplinary consultation as a strategy to improve quality in infant and toddler child care settings.

Relationships: The Heart of Development and Learning is one of three infant/toddler modules created to support consultants working in child care settings, especially consultants who have not had education or training specific to infants and toddlers in group care.