Designing Family-Friendly Consumer Education on Child Care

This brief provides research-based information to support state agency staff as they design and implement consumer education websites and other resources, such as quality rating and improvement systems. Consumer education efforts are undergoing revisions in response to provisions in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund final rule.

Serving Children Experiencing Homelessness with CCDF

Young children experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable. This brief discusses requirements in the CCDBG Act and CCDF Final Rule regarding homelessness, and explores policy and practice options for Lead Agencies.

Key Competencies for Licensors of Child Care Programs

A technical assistance resource document that outlines the knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and other characteristics that a licensor of child care programs needs in order to perform his or her job duties successfully.
These key competencies for licensors was developed through job-task analysis with input from various state child care licensing programs, as well as a review of other professional competencies: 
  • Supporting child development
  • Caseload management 
  • Accountability

NSECE Summary Brief 1: How Are Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs Funded?

This brief highlights key information from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about the various types of funding that early care and education (ECE) centers receive.

NSECE Summary Briefs

The National Survey of Early Care and Education reached 12,000 families and large numbers of home-based and center-based programs (6,000 home-based providers, 5,600 classroom staff, and 8,200 program directors). The six briefs provide practical, useable information to inform state and local planning and implementation and address the following:

NSECE Summary Brief 6: Center-Based Early Care and Education Programs: Program Size and Ages Served

This brief is focused on describing enrollment size, ages served, and the extent to which center hours of operations vary by age group served.

NSECE Summary Brief 5: Early Care and Education Centers That Participate in Head Start and Public Prekindergarten

This brief summarizes data gathered by the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) examining early care and education (ECE) centers that participate in Head Start and publicly funded prekindergarten (public pre-k).

NSECE Summary Brief 4: Characteristics of the Early Care and Education Workforce

This brief summarizes the experience, educational attainment, weekly work hours, and wages that characterize the ECE workforce and identifies questions for state ECE leaders to consider in relation to professional development supports.

NSECE Summary Brief 3: How Do Parents Make Decisions about ECE Arrangements?

This brief describes findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about how families make these types of decisions.

NSECE Summary Brief 2: Characteristics of Home-Based Child Care Providers

This brief uses data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) to provide an overview of the different types of home-based providers as well as information about these providers.