Key Considerations for Addressing School-Age Needs in Licensing Regulations

Licensing regulations are often framed around the developmental needs of very young children, but nearly half (45 percent) of all children served through Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidies are school-age—ages 5 through 12. When school-age programs are able to attain licensure, they are able to serve families who use child care subsidies for their school-age children’s care, and they are able to access additional quality supports.

This brief is based on a review of selected states’ school-age child care licensing requirements. It draws on a scan of state child care licensing regulations conducted by the Afterschool Alliance; it also includes information from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). The brief offers state child care licensing agencies a list of key considerations for creating school-age licensing requirements that meaningfully address school-age needs in areas including:

  • Staff Qualifications and Professional Development Requirements
  • Age-Appropriate Health and Safety Training
  • Developmentally Appropriate Programming

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    Publication Date: 
    July 28, 2022
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