CCAoA Launches New Child Care State Licensing Database
Posted Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Shelly Nye
Child Care Aware® of America recently launched its Child Care Licensing Database; a tool featuring data from state licensing manuals and analysis on each state’s child care regulatory alignment with child care practices.
In 2014, with the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), all states were required to have stronger licensing standards. States were then searching for tools to both document their current licensing regulations and develop benchmarks toward meeting best practices for health and safety. To meet that need, we developed CCAoA’s Child Care Licensing Database.
The Child Care Licensing Database aligns state licensing requirements with Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) guidelines, founded on Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition, which was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Public Health Association (APHA), and National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Both reports represent the best evidence and expertise in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies that should be followed in today’s early care and education settings.