Early Care and Education Coaching: A Closer Look at Coaching Models in Child Care and Head Start

In this brief, learn more about the coaching landscape across the country. Also, find strategies and resources to promote systemic coaching approaches for state, territory, or regional considerations.

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Health and Safety Training Resources for Child Care Providers

Find resources around the topic of health and safety training as required by the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG). Explore ways to include health and safety trainings in state professional development systems.

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Family Co-payments and Sliding Fee Scales

Affordable co-payments are an important component of equal access. The cost of child care can be a significant barrier for low-income families to access child care.

To help address this issue, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act as amended made reforms to state, territory and tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs to ensure that co-payments are affordable and do not act as a barrier to families receiving assistance.

This brief contains the following information on family co-payments and sliding fee scales:

Child Care Licensing Tools and Resources

This webpage provides tools and resources developed by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and its partners, designed to help states and territories improve their child care licensing practices, strengthen provider requirements, and develop the skills of licensing staff.

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National Resources about Family Child Care

This webpage provides links to online tools and written products, by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and its partners, that support states, territories, and tribes in addressing health and safety and quality improvement in family child care settings.

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Market Rate Survey Series

The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) is developing a series of briefs to address topics related to market rate surveys. Some of the topics discussed in this series will include: planning a market rate survey, data sources, designing and conducting the survey, analyzing the results, and reporting and using results.

The first brief in the series, "Planning Your Market Rate Survey," was released in March 2018 and addresses the following:

Parent Involvement and Family Engagement: Supporting Implementation in Early Childhood Settings

State Administrators and Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Staff can use the new Parent Involvement and Family Engagement resource to build knowledge and strengthen practices of early childhood (EC) professionals.

Professional Development for Child Care Licensors

The purpose of this document is to provide a framework that can be used by state, territory and tribal licensing administrators, managers, and trainers in creating professional development opportunities for child care licensing inspectors or licensors. Having a well-designed professional development plan helps ensure licensing staff have clear direction on the training and competency development needed to succeed in their positions and advance their careers as licensors.

Promoting Partnerships in Tribal Programs

This document highlights areas in which CCDF and Head Start and Early Head Start policies closely align and can support partnerships in tribal communities. It reflects changes that are required under the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 and new regulations specific to Tribal Lead Agencies receiving medium and large CCDF allocations (those receiving $250,000 or more) and the requirements outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (Revised, 9/15/2016).

Engaging Family Child Care Providers in Quality Improvement Systems

This brief is a resource for local, regional, and state stakeholders invested in engaging family child care (FCC) and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) providers in quality improvement initiatives and supporting this sector of the early childhood professional community.

This paper discusses outreach strategies and efforts to engage FCC and FFN providers, and highlights how considering these providers’ unique characteristics can positively influence their ability and willingness to participate in quality improvement efforts.