Promoting Children’s Health and Supporting Safe Environments for Infants and Toddlers: Caring for Our Children Basics, Licensing, and QRIS

Caring for infants and toddlers, including children who are not mobile nor verbal, requires additional and intentional planning on the part of early childhood programs. These children may be physically or developmentally unable to protect themselves. Young children, especially infants and toddlers, rely on their caregivers to provide a safe, healthy environment and to meet their individual needs. In an effort to develop health and safety standards that meet the updated CCDF requirements, states and territories can begin with assessments of their current infant and toddler standards in licensing regulations, quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), and other quality improvement initiatives. This process provides an opportunity to identify gaps and create a plan for improvements. States and territories may also refer to health and safety resources to compare their current standards with established recommendations.

Publication Date: 
March 1, 2018
Resource Type: 
Brief
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