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Brief

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.

Guidance on Estimating and Reporting the Costs of Child Care

This guidance aims to support Lead Agencies and their partners as they create cost estimates, prepare detailed reports, and use cost estimates to inform their rate setting. Specifically, this guidance outlines (1) factors that influence the cost of care, (2) sources of information that can inform cost estimates, and (3) methods of calculating costs.

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.

158_1711_Engaging_FCC_QI_Systems_FINAL.docx

This brief by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance 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.

Resource Type: 
Brief
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Topic/Subtopic: 
Quality Improvement
Provider Supports for Quality Improvement
Includes State Examples: 
No
Center Parent Folder: 
Provider Supports
Archived: 
Not Archived

Resources about Supports and Systems for Improving the Quality of Family Child Care

Given the growing recognition of family child care as a significant sector of the early care and education field, there is a need for understanding effective quality improvement approaches that encourage provider participation in regulatory systems and quality improvement initiatives.

155_1710_Licensing Data Guide_FINAL.docx

States and Territories collect different types of data, including, for example, data captured by child care licensing and subsidy agencies and by quality rating and improvement systems. This guide focuses on one of these: administrative data related to child care licensing. Administrative data is information about individual children, families, service providers, and facilities that is collected and maintained as part of regular program operations.This guide will help CCDF/licensing Administrators assess current licensing data systems and identify needed changes. It explores new uses for licensing data, examines some strategies for dealing with common challenges, and provides additional resources for review and reference.

Resource Type: 
Brief
Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Topic/Subtopic: 
Protecting Children's Health and Safety
Licensing Administration
Use of Technology and Data Systems
Includes State Examples: 
Yes
Center Parent Folder: 
Licensing Administration
Archived: 
Not Archived

Using Grants and Contracts to Build and Stabilize Supply / Uso de Subvenciones y Contratos para Desarrollar y Estabilizar Prestaciones

Lead Agencies can use direct service grants or contracts to increase the supply of quality child care for underserved or vulnerable populations. This brief provides information on direct service grants and contracts, including:

  • Key Issues and Goals;
  • Top Policies and Practices; and
  • Measuring Progress.

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States' Strategies to Reduce Improper Payment Errors in CCDF / Estrategias de los Estados para reducir errores de pagos indebidos en CCDF

Over the past eight years, states have made considerable progress in lowering error rates and reducing improper payments in their child care programs. In their State Improper Payments Reports (ACF-404), states share practices that have helped reduce errors, particularly those that lead to improper payments. This brief summarizes many of the practices that states have cited as being most successful.

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