Topical Resource Collections

Last Reviewed Date
June 21, 2022
Teachers and kids

Consumer Education

Consumer education helps families access the information needed to make informed child care choices. Well-crafted consumer education is strengths based and culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of communities. When done well, consumer education can reach large numbers of diverse families and ensure the widest possible access to information and services.

Guidance to help CCDF grantees ensure that information is accessible regarding COVID-19, categorized by audience focus.

These session foster understanding of key fiscal management topics related to the Child Care and Development (CCDF) program.

This Resource Guide is part of the Office of Child Care's new initiative to further integrate social and emotional support strategies into child care's mixed delivery system.

Within the early child dare and education system, licensing requirements apply to the largest number of providers who care for millions of children from birth to school age. Licensing helps prevent various forms of harm to children -- risks from the spread of disease, fire and other building safety hazards, injury, and developmental impairment from the lack of healthy relationships with adults, adequate supervision, or developmentally appropriate activities.

Comprehensive background check requirements are a focus topic for the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability, Comprehensive resources are available that break down the requirements into easier to understand language.

Resources to help CCDF Lead Agencies certify that their payment rates are sufficient to ensure equal access for eligible children that are comparable to child care services provided to children whose parents are not eligible for CCDF.

Assists CCDF Lead Agencies with developing state and territory-wide child care disaster plans.

Family child care (FCC) offers benefits such as a neighborhood-based home environment, smaller groups of children, mixed-age groups so siblings can be together, a consistent caregiver, and greater flexibility in hours of operation. However, FCC providers may face challenges, such as a sense of isolation, limited resources when working longer hours, no support staff, and less business expertise. These resources specifically address FCC settings.