The CCDBG Act requires Lead Agencies to certify that rates are sufficient to ensure eligible children have equal access to child care services comparable to those in State or local sub-markets provided to children who are not eligible to receive CCDF or other Federal or State child care assistance. The benchmark for equal access established by the ACF Office of Child Care (OCC) is the 75th percentile of the current child care market. OCC considers payment rates set at the 75th percentile or higher as providing equal access. This brief assists in understanding the 75th percentile.
The CCDBG Act of 2014 (the Act) requires States and Territory Lead Agencies to conduct comprehensive background checks for child care staff members and prospective employees every five years. Child care staff members include individuals employed by an eligible child care provider or whose activities involve the care or supervision of children or have unsupervised access to children. For family child care home providers, this includes the caregiver as well as other adults in the household that may have unsupervised access to children.
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.
Having clearly written, research-based, measurable licensing requirements is the first step in protecting children from health and safety risks and promoting quality care. Licensing requirements—supported by monitoring, enforcement, and technical assistance—provide protection through prevention and reduce risks to the health, safety, and well-being of children in care. This document presents steps for developing and revising child care licensing requirements, based on several States’ successful practices.
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. Child care providers can also use these guidelines to help them understand how they will be assessed during licensing inspections. This document presents information about seven States that have their interpretive guidelines on a public website.
One of a series highlighting essential program practices for infant/toddler care, this resource communicates the importance of individualized care for infants and toddlers. It provides rationale for the practice and the role it plays in helping to promote positive child outcomes.