National Resources

The following lists provide links to national resources about early childhood program standards. These national resources supplement the state-level regulations and standards found in the National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations.

Resources about Child Care Licensing Requirements

Resources about Child Care and Development Fund Requirements

Resources about Head Start Program Performance Standards

Resources about Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Standards

Resources about Prekindergarten and Preschool Requirements

National Program Standards and Guidelines

  • Caring for Our Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/health-services-management/caring-our-children-basics
  • Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition (2013), American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.
    http://cfoc.nrckids.org/CFOC/Stepping_Stones
  • Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd edition, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.
    http://cfoc.nrckids.org/CFOC
     

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