ERIC Number: ED078955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of State Day Care Licensing Requirements.
Day Care and Child Development Council of America, Inc., Washington, DC.; Consulting Services Corp., Seattle, WA.; Social and Administrative Services and Systems Association.
Following a discussion of what day care licensing isn't and what it is, a study of day care licensing is presented. The study's objectives were to: describe licensing requirements, state licensing procedures, and licensing steps required of applicants in each of the 50 states; identify those factors that facilitate or inhibit the day care licensing process; and describe and analyze the range and variation of local government participation in the licensing process. The 21 findings of the study are grouped under Regulation, Procedures, and Points of Delay. It was concluded that: there is a tendency for states to include too much detail in statutes authorizing regulation of day care facilities; a standardized method of classification of day care homes and centers is needed; there is a need for a standard format for presentation of requirements to potential applicants; state and local agency standards for day care licensing often have parallel or conflicting requirements making it inefficient and costly; some requirements are unrealistically stringent; several aspects of day care licensing administrative procedures will inhibit rapid expansion of national programs; different evaluation criteria are sometimes applied for white minority day care centers; statements of licensing agencies in six states show that a major concern of all licensing agencies is the lack of strong legal teeth needed to revoke the license and keep closed a "bad" day care facility; and types of day care now excluded in state day care statutes and regulations range from care by a relative to government facilities. Thirteen recommendations are made. Seven appendixes provide the study data. (DB)
Descriptors: Bulletins, Certification, Child Care, Day Care, Facility Requirements, State Licensing Boards, State Surveys
Day Care and Child Development Council of America, Inc., 1401 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 (Child Care Bulletin No. 4, $1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Office of Program Development.; Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Day Care and Child Development Council of America, Inc., Washington, DC.; Consulting Services Corp., Seattle, WA.; Social and Administrative Services and Systems Association.