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Protecting Children's Health and Safety

Licensing and other regulatory systems establish health and safety standards to ensure the well-being of children in all early care and education settings. Monitoring and enforcement of standards, emergency preparedness procedures, and services that support children’s health and wellness can protect children from injury and illness. The following resources provide additional information about protecting children’s health and safety.

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This resource was created to ease the burden of finding criminal background check contact information for other states. The National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability will update and re-post this list on a quarterly basis.   ​

The Office of Child Care (OCC) and the National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (SIAC) co-hosted the National Criminal Background Checks Webinar Series.

This resource highlights key requirements of the criminal background check requirements from the CCDBG Act of 2014 and the CCDF Final Rule. 

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This PowerPoint presentation provides highlights and information about background check requirements under the Child Care and Development Fund.

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network is hosting a series of 1-hour Hot Topic Webinars on the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning on July 19 and running through December 20, 2017.

States and Territories collect different types of data, including, for example, data captured by child care licensing and subsidy agencies and by quality rating and improvement systems. This guide focuses on one of these: administrative data related to child care licensing.

This brief, a collaboration between the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development and the Child Care State Capacity Building Center, addresses the causes of sudden infant deaths, the incidence of deaths in American Indian/Alaska Native communities, prevention strategies, and best...

The webinar explores what state and territory Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators, partners, and stakeholders need to know to ensure that children have safe child care before, during, and after emergencies and...

As States and Territories work to implement new Child Care and Development Fund requirements, many are considering how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their licensing monitoring systems.

This document provides an overview of some general characteristics of state child care licensing regulations for summer programs and day camps. The information is based on a scan of regulations in 17 states (Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota,...

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