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The largest federal funding streams that support access to quality school-age opportunities are the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. This document provides essential information about both programs...

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

National snapshot of different types of school-age care received through CCDF subsidies

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. ​

Find resources on program quality, funding, and a program spotlight in the NCASE Summer Learning Brief
Having access to safe and affordable child care is a critical issue for parents and other caregivers. Families face numerous decisions when balancing their work and home life, especially when it comes to choosing the type of care they will use. This guide is available in English and en Español.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.