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National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) supports state and community leaders and their partners in the planning and implementation of rigorous approaches to quality in all early care and education settings for children from birth to school age. The Center's expert staff use collaborative approaches to do the following:

  • Advance strong health and safety standards and licensing regulations that align with the Child Care and Development Fund and Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Support the development and enhancement of state quality initiatives, including quality rating and improvement systems.
  • Enhance quality assurance systems through the use of technology, data analysis, and research that promote continuous quality improvement, efficiency, and innovation.

 

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Announcement/Events: 

The Office of Child Care’s (OCC) National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, in partnership with Tom Copeland, the Nation’s leading expert on the business of child care, invites you to attend a national webinar How Family Child Care Providers Can Take Advantage of the New Small...

The Office of Child Care’ (OCC) National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance in partnership with First Children’s Finance invites you to attend a national webinar, An Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Opportunities for Child Care Centers...

This short brief explains how the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator can help states, territories, and Tribes understand the costs of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mitigation practices in early care and education (ECE) settings and design financial supports that help them stay open (or...

Highlighted Tools and Resources: 

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a tool for finding and searching state child care licensing regulations and licensing agency contact information. It also includes links to other state and national early childhood program standards.

The Program Standards Crosswalk is a tool designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards.

The QRIS Resource Guide provides guidance for States as they explore key issues and consider decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator is a tool that calculates the cost of care by levels of quality based on site-level provider data.