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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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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.

State Success Stories

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The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 made major changes designed to protect the health and safety of children in early care and education (ECE) settings.

Having clearly written, research-based, measurable licensing requirements is the first step in protecting children from health and safety risks and promoting quality care.

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.

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 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 improve

This presentation at the 2016 National Association for Family Child Care’s Family Child Care Institute included a dialogue about the various types of state, national, and federal standards that providers are required to meet.

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 Coordinated Efficiencies in Monitoring and Oversight of Early Care and Education Programs and the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation’s research brief, Coordinated Monitoring Systems for Early Care and Education and its accompanying tool, Mapping the Early Care and Education Monitoring Landscape.

On October 5, 2016 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance came together to offer an interactive webinar session to help better understand the needs of States, Territories, and Tribes around supporting school-

On October 5, 2016 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance came together to offer an interactive webinar session to help better understand the needs of States, Territories, and Tribes around supporting school-

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.

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