ERIC Number: ED463861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Child Care Licensing. NCEDL Spotlights.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Noting that child care licensing is the first line of protection for children in out-of-home child care settings in the United States, this issue of NCEDL Spotlights summarizes research findings relating various program characteristics to program quality and provides recommendations for state licensing requirements and funding policies. The issue summarizes research findings related to: (1) child-to-staff ratio and group size; (2) staff turnover and compensation; (3) staff education and training; (4) director competence; (5) design and maintenance of the physical environment; and (6) relationships and activities. Recommendations for states include: (1) hiring more licensing staff to adequately enforce standards; (2) raising their standards to reduce the risk of harm to children; (3) requiring staff training specific to the age group served; (4) requiring directors to have management and child development training; (5) requiring substantial annual training with college credit for all child care workers; and (6)raising preservice qualifications. Recommendations related to funding policies include establishing fiscal standards and monitoring for subsidized care not covered by licensing, paying higher rates for higher quality care, and withdrawing subsidy from programs with records of repeated noncompliance. (KB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Certification, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Effects, Early Childhood Education, Public Policy, State Standards
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB #8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0867; For full text: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ncedl/PAGES/prdcts.htm. For full text: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.