Trends in Child Care Licensing Requirements for 2020

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance has conducted a large-scale research study of child care licensing provider and facility requirements every three years since 2005. The current study looks at licensing requirements for child care centers, family child care homes, and group child care homes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for 2020. Topics covered include staff and provider qualifications and training requirements, child-staff ratios and group sizes, requirements for the care of children, and health and safety requirements for child care facilities. These research briefs describe changes in licensing requirements by comparing the 2020 findings with the findings from the 2017 Child Care Licensing Study.

Trends in Child Care Center Licensing Requirements for 2020: Brief #1 

Trends in Family Child Care Home Licensing Requirements for 2020: Brief #2

Trends in Group Child Care Home Licensing Requirements for 2020: Brief #3

Additional resources and tools about child care licensing are available at Child Care Licensing Tools and Resources.

Publication Date
Resource Type
Protecting Children's Health and Safety
Health and Safety Requirements and Standards
Building and Facility Requirements
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting
Child-Staff Ratios and Group Sizes
Family/Group Child Care Home Requirements
Infant/Toddler Care Requirements
Licensing Exemptions
Provider/Staff Requirements and Qualifications
Requirements for the Care of Children
School-Age/Out-of-School Time Requirements
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