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Training and Technical Assistance Providers

Many professionals are key to supporting children’s access to high-quality care from birth through school age. They provide this support through technical assistance and training, administration, consumer education, health and mental health services, and other activities. The following resources are designed to support these professionals.

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On March 21, 2017 NCASE hosted a webinar as part of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Convention in Dallas, Texas. The event was broadcast live. Attendees learned about the history of efforts to professionalize the field and the current state of affairs, and heard from state re

The CCDBG Act requires Lead Agencies to certify that rates are sufficient to ensure eligible children have equal access to child care services comparable to those in State or local sub-markets provided to children who are not eligible to receive CCDF or other Federal or State child care...

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

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance hosted a webinar on January 11, 2017, where participants explored the various tools and resources available to help States and Territories revise their early childhood programs standards, such as licensing regulations and quality ratin

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)...

This resource explores the topic of subsystem integration as a way of improving the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of services delivered to the early childhood field.

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 continuity of care for infants and toddlers.

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 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 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 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 document explores state-local models of early childhood system governance, including common characteristics of state-local approaches, types of models, and the vision statements of eight States.

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 paper provides information on state and territory efforts to use contracts and grants with providers, beginning with an overview of States and Territories whose 2016–18 CCDF Plans indicate that they are currently using contracts and grants. Topics addressed include the following:

This presentation by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance at the 2016 QRIS National Meeting, focused on strategies for including license-exempt family child care in the quality improvement system and an analysis of States’ existing support systems and opportunities for...

On December 1, 2016, the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance hosted a webinar about coordinated monitoring in early care and education. The webinar highlighted the recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture Joint Statement on...

On October 18, 2016 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted a webinar designed to explore strategies for building sustainable quality improvements, ways to engage school-age programs, create standards, select assessment tools, and provide support.

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) is an easy-to-use, dynamic Web-based tool from the Office of Child Care’s (OCC) National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI), available for use by state and territory policymakers to help them understand the costs associated with high-...

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.

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 Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of health and safety training requirements for center-based and home-based child care settings.

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) is an easy-to-use, dynamic Web-based tool from the Office of Child Care’s (OCC) National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI), available for use by state and territory policymakers to help them understand the costs associated with high-...

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).

Using data compiled from state child care licensing regulations and the results of a survey of state licensing agencies administered by the National Association for Regulatory Administration, this brief examines the state of licensing child care centers in 2014 and identifies trends that hav

Using data compiled from state child care licensing regulations and the results of a survey of state licensing agencies administered by the National Association for Regulatory Administration, this brief examines the state of licensing family child care homes in 2014 and identifies trends that...

Using data compiled from state child care licensing regulations and the results of a survey of state licensing agencies administered by the National Association for Regulatory Administration, this brief examines the state of licensing group child care homes in 2014 and identifies trends that...

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 explores decision points in developing a monitoring system, including requirements; inspections; and processes for responding to violations, complaints, referrals, and appeals.

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 includes an overview of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG Act of 2014) requirements specific to consumer education and how States share provider-specific information; aggregate information about deaths, serious injuries, and abuse; and information...

This issue brief shares the experiences of six States (AR, AZ, IN, ND, NM, and UT) that have begun to address the challenges of monitoring exempt care.

This issue brief aims to assist CCDF Administrators and their partners in their work to support license-exempt family child care (FCC) homes. In addressing the unique needs of exempt FCC homes, States and Territories can better support the children in their care and their families.

This PowerPoint presentation, used for regional Webinars, describes the requirements for consumer education Web sites and online inspection reports under the CCDBG Act of 2014.

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 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 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 resources were presented as part of the "Leading Change" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

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

  • Help Make Every Child One of Pennsylvania's Top Priorities

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 "Increasing Access and Building Supply" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

The attached resource was presented as part of the "Raising the Bar on Quality" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

  • Evaluating Statewide Quality Initiatives

The following resources were presented as part of the "Raising the Bar on Quality" 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 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 during the Spring 2015 Cross-Regional Meetings:

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.

In January, 2015, CCDF State and Territory Administrators attended a meeting regarding the recent reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant.

Several factors influence the administration and implementation of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) services, including the existing programmatic and governance structure of the CCDF Lead Agency and other early childhood services.

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program is state-operated and county-administered in 12 States: CA, CO, GA, MN, NC, ND, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WI; and the District of Columbia.

The Benchmarks for Quality Improvement Self-Assessment Tool can help States and Territories assess their current status and measure progress in implementing program quality improvement systems.

Early childhood professionals (such as child care providers, teachers, consultants) receive federal and state funding to provide a variety of services to children in low-income working families.

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.

These resources provide state and territory policymakers with information about public-private partnerships for early learning, including why partnerships are consequential to different constituencies.

Federal, State, and Territory governments have engaged in numerous efforts to create a more cohesive early care and education system for children and families. This has resulted in States and Territories creating different governance structures to meet the unique needs of their populations.

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

This Webinar is part 5 of 6 in the CCSSSN’s series of Emergency Preparedness and Response Webinars. This 90-minute Webinar highlights state and national examples of training and technical assistance support offered to child care providers.

Each State has a minimum number of children in care (i.e., threshold) that determines when a license is required.

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.

In a series of reports about contemporary issues in licensing, this report focuses on the characteristics of a strong statute that provides the backbone for the creation, maintenance, and enforcement of licensing rules.

The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement produced this series of licensing reports to support the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care’s, goal of children served in safe, healthy child care settings.

This Webinar, “Training and Technical Assistance Supports for Child Care Providers” is part 4 of 6 in the Child Care State System Specialist Network’s (CCSSSN’s) series of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Planning Webinars.

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...

This Webinar, Licensing Regulations and Policies for Emergency Planning and Response (EPR) is part 3 of 6 in the Child Care State System Specialist Network’s (CCSSSN’s) series of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Planning Webinars. Topics covered i

In a series of reports about contemporary issues in licensing, this report focuses on defining and identifying child care providers operating illegally, the enforcement of States’ statutes, and methods used to support providers in becoming licensed.

In a series of reports about contemporary issues in licensing, this report focuses on States’ inspection policies and practices – guidelines and rules on monitoring providers’ compliance with the law and the regulations.

Enforcement, that part of the licensing process dedicated to ensuring compliance with the law and the regulations, is critical for the delivery of quality, safe child care services.

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.

In a series of reports about contemporary issues in licensing, this report describes various methods States are using to define compliance and monitor child care facilities efficiently and effectively.

In a series of reports about contemporary issues in licensing, this report addresses how state child care licensing agencies coordinate in various ways with other state and local authorities to address building and physical facility safety and ensure that monitoring is efficient and not...

Lead Agencies can use direct service grants or contracts to increase the supply of quality child care for underserved or vulnerable populations. This brief provides information on direct service grants and contracts, including:
Establishing time and attendance systems that support adequate, stable payments to providers is key for programs to keep doors open, provide quality care, and hire and retain good staff.

This Webinar, “Subsidy Issues: Planning for the Continuation of Child Care Services” is part 2 of 6 in CCSSSN’s series of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Planning Webinars.

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.

The directors of the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care introduce a joint initiative between OHS and OCC designed to support partnerships between Early Head Start and family child care.

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.

This document identifies six elements for building capacity for evaluation and accountability. Questions to prompt discussion and reflection among the planning/stakeholder groups are followed by suggested strategies to address each element.

This resource is intended to address issues to consider when developing a Communication plan.

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 action steps that an organization/group can follow when integrating systems to improve services for children and families. These actions are grouped by overall strategy and partnership stage.

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

This document provides an overarching framework that can help partners determine potential strategies to sustain their work together over time.

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

This guide can help partnerships avoid common pitfalls while using results-based decisionmaking to its fullest advantage. It has the potential to make the partnership not only more knowledgeable about where it is headed, but more likely to get there.

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.

The Question for State-Level Leaders to Consider is a tool designed to help state leaders assess policies and practices that can serve to build a system that will advance the quality of infant and toddler early education services in their State.

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

Current collaboration efforts are driven increasingly by the need to provide coordinated services to children and families through responsive Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) policies, professional development, and quality improvement efforts that facilitate collaboration and allow...

This document includes key steps for creating successful partnerships.

This resource is intended to provide an understanding of various decisionmaking styles that can aide with effective communication.

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...

Professional development (PD) systems are made up of connected services and supports with a common goal to build an effective workforce. To raise quality and retain effective educators, PD systems can combine promising PD and workforce strategies at the practitioner, program, and system levels...

This resource is a fit and feasibility checklist for State/Territory teams as they develop and strengthen technical assistance (TA) systems.

Access to information about a provider’s licensed status and the findings from an onsite monitoring visit can provide critical information about the safety and quality of care.

Many States and Territories have identified a goal of revising state licensing requirements. Implementing a successful change initiative requires a thorough assessment of the process, required resources, timing, challenges and context.

The purpose of this research brief is to report on the licensing requirements and policies of group child care home licensing for all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

After an emergency or disaster, communities have to recover from the damage left behind by the event.

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.

To support the Office of Child Care’s and the Office of Head Start’s priority of a strong early childhood (EC) and school-age (SA) workforce, the PDW Center developed the Strengthening the EC and SA Workforce briefs, guide, presentation, and tool. These resources are designed to help State/...
This presentation provides an overview of information about contracts through the child care subsidy program funded by CCDF.

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.

This resource is a planning and implementation guide for State/Territory teams as they develop and strengthen technical assistance (TA) supports. It also describes an aligned State/Territory professional development system (PDS), and defines TA as part of an aligned PDS.

This resource is a planning and implementation guide for State/Territory teams as they develop and enhance workforce data systems.

The Center works with States to conduct triennial case record reviews to identify and reduce administrative errors in the CCDF program. Effective October 1, 2007, a Final Rule revised the CCDF regulations requiring all States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, to report on error rates in...
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...

Program quality standards reflect the structure and practices of programs to provide safe, legal, and effective services to 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.

Infant Toddler Specialists work directly with the workforce to increase their skills and knowledge. This document provides information on developing statewide infant toddler specialist networks (ITSN).

The OCC has revised the Improper Payments Information Technology Guide (IT Guide). The IT Guide is comprised of two parts: Part I: Inventory of State Childcare Information Systems and Part II: Information Systems Project and Procurement Guidance.

This 2010 factsheet provides information on State Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) including the number of states with ITSN, professional qualification requirements, funding sources, service delivery, and administrative oversight and responsibility.

This document provides a framework and practical suggestions for coordinating and educating consultants.

ACF issued a Program Instruction on August 26, 2010, that provides guidance to grantees on preventing waste, fraud, and abuse in the CCDF program and how to improve program integrity while not reducing program access for eligible children. In addition, ACF conducts regular program integrity...

Infant/Toddler Curriculum and Individualization 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.

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.