Trends in Child Care Licensing: 2011

State child care licensing regulations and policies on monitoring and enforcement provide a baseline of protection to ensure the well-being of children in early and school-age care and education settings. Regulations and methods of enforcement, however, vary greatly from State to State. Standards in some States provide greater protection and more stringent enforcement methods than in other States. Additionally, regulations vary by child care settings (e.g., centers, family child care [FCC] homes), or do not apply to some settings in which children are in care. This brief examines a subset of State health and safety regulations that can support quality in child care. Information about current national model standards is presented, as well as data illustrating how States are meeting these standards through regulation.