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. The foundation of high-quality child care that promotes child development involves efforts to improve children’s health, safety, and well-being. When fully implemented, the changes in the CCDBG Act of 2014 will expand the availability of quality child care and will benefit the more than 1.4 million children and families receiving child care subsidies. These reforms will also enrich the lives of children who receive no direct assistance from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program but who will benefit from ECE environments that support their health, safety, and well-being.
The CCDBG Act of 2014 included several provisions related to health and safety, training, and monitoring that States, Territories, and Tribes will have to implement for all providers receiving payments from the CCDF program. Revising requirements and creating new ones can be challenging and time-consuming. To support licensing administrators and CCDF administrators as they begin to consider revisions to State standards for licensed and license-exempt providers, the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) has developed nine new briefs addressing the health and safety topics specified in the law.
We encourage States, Territories, and Tribes to take advantage of this opportunity to better safeguard children's health and safety while increasing awareness among child care providers and families.
Examples of regulatory requirements for licensed and license-exempt providers that represent a range of approaches taken by States
Additional resources that provide the rationale; support recommended changes; and further inform stakeholders, licensors, and providers about each health and safety topic.
In addition to supporting licensing administrators and CCDF administrators, the briefs can also be of value to ECE and school-age care and education providers seeking to improve health and safety within their learning environments. For additional support, please contact the ECQA Center at QualityAssuranceCenter@ecetta.info.