Promising Practices for Out-of-School Time Licensing and License-Exempt Systems
This brief is the result of a collaboration between the National Centers on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), and Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCCCSIA). Thirty-three states took part in a workgroup, known as a Peer Learning Community, and found that many states work collaboratively with providers and stakeholders to prepare together for changing requirements in licensing and monitoring of licensed and license-exempt programs. States and Territories use the guidance in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Final Rule to inform out-of-school time (OST) licensing, and strengthen the field. The brief shares emerging strategies and promising practices on preparation and supportive policies for providers, professional development requirements, and license-exempt monitoring. It features state examples from Minnesota and New Hampshire and insights on OST licensing.