Trends in Child Care Licensing Requirements and Policies for 2017

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, in partnership with the National Association for Regulatory Administration, has conducted a large-scale research study of child care licensing provider and facility requirements and licensing agency policies 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 and licensing agency policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for 2017. 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. The study also explores state licensing agency policies on inspections, enforcement actions,  and licensing staff requirements. These research briefs describe changes in licensing requirements and policies by comparing the findings from the 2017 Child Care Licensing Study with the findings from 2014 Child Care Licensing Study.


Trends in Child Care Center Licensing Requirements and Policies for 2017: Research Brief #1

Trends in Family Child Care Home Licensing Requirements and Policies for 2017: Research Brief #2

Trends in Group Child Care Home Licensing Requirements and Policies of 2017: Research Brief #3


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


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  • Protecting Children's Health and Safety
    • Health and Safety Requirements and Standards
    • Licensing Administration
    • Monitoring and Enforcement
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