402. Licensing Data and Research: What is There and What Do We Need to Support Quality?
|Date:||Tuesday July 17, 2018|
|Time:||10:30 AM - 12:00 PM|
Licensing touches many early care and education programs (e.g., QRIS, pre-K, Head Start), and these programs rely on the success of a solid licensing system. However, little research has focused on licensing. For example, how does licensing data help inform our understanding of access to healthy and safe child care? Are higher quality programs more likely to have fewer licensing violations? This session makes the case for licensing research and the increased use of licensing data. Participants will learn about available national licensing data and discuss pressing research questions. The Child Care Licensing Database, recently released by Child Care Aware of America, will be one source of licensing data highlighted in this session. The database describes state child care regulations’ alignment with Caring for our Children Basics, a nationally recognized guideline representing the minimum health and safety standards for child care. Participants will learn about the database and the work of a benchmarking group tasked with identifying key elements for providing states with a roadmap for regulation reform to ensure safe environments for children outside the home.