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ERIC Number: ED444717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 20
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Policies, Procedures and Practices: Bridges between Licensing Requirements and Higher Quality Standards.
Colbert, Judith A.
Licensing requirements are often regarded as minimum standards that result in only a basic level of care. In fact, the minimum standards that licensing requires can be as high or low as licensing rules permit. Further, in almost all cases, licensing requirements provide a foundation upon which higher standards can be built. The relationship between licensing requirements and higher quality standards can be illustrated by exploring the role of policies, procedures, and practices in child care settings. These serve as mechanisms that permit programs to achieve a certain level of care and to continually raise that level by encouraging best practices on a daily basis. The purpose of this paper is to: (1) show a relationship between licensing requirements and higher quality standards and illustrate how meeting licensing requirements can be a first step toward achieving high quality; (2) distinguish among policies, procedures, and practices and show how they can function as bridges between licensing requirements and higher quality standards; and (3) illustrate a practical, cost-effective way to increase program quality on a daily basis. The paper details two examples of how policies, procedures, and practices that meet licensing requirements can be enhanced to embody higher standards. (EV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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