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National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) supports state and community leaders and their partners in the planning and implementation of rigorous approaches to quality in all early care and education settings for children from birth to school age. The Center's expert staff use collaborative approaches to do the following:

  • Advance strong health and safety standards and licensing regulations that align with the Child Care and Development Fund and Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Support the development and enhancement of state quality initiatives, including quality rating and improvement systems.
  • Enhance quality assurance systems through the use of technology, data analysis, and research that promote continuous quality improvement, efficiency, and innovation.

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The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) understands that child care licensing administrators, managers, and supervisors have unique needs and want to communicate with others in similar roles. To connect you with your peers across the country, the ECQA Center, in...

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to host a series of webinars about increasing the supply of and improving the quality of child care services for children in underserved areas, infants...

Highlighted Tools

Licensing

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a tool for finding and searching state child care licensing regulations and licensing agency contact information. It also includes links to other state and national early childhood program standards.

The Program Standards Crosswalk is a tool designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards.

The QRIS Resource Guide provides guidance for States as they explore key issues and consider decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) is a tool that calculates the cost of care by levels of quality based on site-level provider data. The tool can help state policymakers, child care providers, and other stakeholders understand the costs associated with delivering high-quality child care services.

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This webpage provides links to online tools and written products, by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and its partners, that support states, territories, and tribes in addressing health and safety and quality improvement in family child care settin

This webpage provides tools and resources developed by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and its partners, designed to help states and territories improve their child care licensing practices, strengthen provider requirements, and develop the skills of licensing staff.

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.

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) hosted a series of webinars about increasing the supply of and improving the quality of child care services for children in underserved areas, infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, and children who receiv

This webinar focused on state and local revenue generation strategies that fund quality services for children and other aspects of a QRIS.

What are child care deserts? How do we recognize them and what communities do they impact? Through data-driven analysis, the scope of child care undersupply is coming into focus.

This webinar included a facilitated discussion among leaders across the country to introduce a variety of approaches they have used to build the supply of high-quality child care. Presenters explored approaches that have worked well and ones that have not.

The Monitoring Cost Estimation Calculator aims to help child care licensing agencies and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies project the annual caseload and cost of monitoring and supporting licensed and license-exempt child care providers.

This guidance aims to support Lead Agencies and their partners as they create cost estimates, prepare detailed reports, and use cost estimates to inform their rate setting.

This webinar introduces two new resources on promising strategies to improve the quality of care, engage family child care (FCC) providers, and sustain provider participation in regulatory systems and quality improvement initiatives.

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