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Licensing Policies/Structure of Regulatory Agencies

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Having clearly written, research-based, measurable licensing requirements is the first step in protecting children from health and safety risks and promoting quality care.

The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement produced this series of licensing reports to support the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care’s, goal of children served in safe, healthy child care settings.

State government agencies responsible for regulating child care providers often have the dual role of ensuring that providers are compliant with the licensing laws and regulations as well as educating the public on the importance of those laws and regulations in keeping children safe from harm...