Group A, Session 4: Understanding Existing Local, State, and Federal Policies and Regulations
Teams will expand their knowledge of policies, regulations, and quality initiatives affecting family child care to better understand the need for alignment and reciprocity. Teams will be provided with an overview of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Caring for our Children Basics standards. Teams will be encouraged to conduct preliminary research on regulations, policies, and quality initiatives within their States and localities and will share in a dialogue with presenters and other teams.
- If you are not familiar with the National Program Standards Crosswalk Tool, Head Start Program Performance Standards, Caring for our Children, 3rd Edition and Caring for our Children Basics standards, you can review these via the links below.
- Explore the various licensing requirements, quality standards, and policies and regulations that impact FCC providers in your state and locality.
- Discuss as a team where the greatest challenges lie for FCC providers when it comes to understanding and applying multiple sets of standards and regulations to their program.
- Does your team have innovative ideas about supporting FCC programs in navigating the various regulations, or educating policy makers and regulators on the unique characteristics of family child care – if so, please come prepared to share?
- Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition
- Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOCB)
- Caring for Our Children Basics Health and Safety Standards Alignment Tool
- Head Start Program Performance Standards
- National Program Standards Crosswalk Tool Website and Demo webinar
- National Database on State Child Care Licensing Regulations
- The Health and Safety and Licensing Topic on the Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System (ECTTA) website includes more than 30 documents that explore how licensing and other regulatory systems establish and enforce health and safety requirements, monitor provider compliance, and serve as the foundation for quality improvement initiatives.
- Research Brief #2: Trends in Family Child Care Home Licensing Regulations and Policies for 2014
- Research Brief #3: Trends in Group Child Care Home Licensing Regulations and Policies for 2014
- Threshold of Licensed Family Child Care in 2014
- State-level data about licensing requirements for family child care homes are available in the Data Explorer tool on the ECTTA website.