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Licensing Standards

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The purpose of this research brief is to report on the licensing requirements and policies of group child care home licensing for all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

The purpose of this research brief is to report on the licensing requirements and policies of child care center licensing for all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

The purpose of this research brief is to report on the licensing requirements and policies of family child care home licensing for all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

The Minimum Tribal Child Care Standards, first published in April 2000, were reissued in 2008 as this “Health and Safety Guide” to provide a voluntary baseline for healthy and safe operations of child care homes and centers serving tribal CCDF-eligible families.

Program quality standards reflect the structure and practices of programs to provide safe, legal, and effective services to children.

Many States and Territories have identified a goal of revising state licensing requirements. Implementing a successful change initiative requires a thorough assessment of the process, required resources, timing, challenges and context.

Each State has a minimum number of children in care (i.e., threshold) that determines when a license is required.

Interpretive guides for their child care licensing regulations generally help child care licensing staff understand the purpose of licensing requirements and the methods they should use to assess facilities’ compliance with the requirements.

States’ licensing systems are operating under competing pressures to both improve the health and safety of children in child care while maximizing administrative cost efficiencies.

Access to information about a provider’s licensed status and the findings from an onsite monitoring visit can provide critical information about the safety and quality of care.

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