Effective Inspection Policies Promote Children’s Safety and Healthy Development in Child Care

September 23, 2012
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This report reveals state policies related to the inspection of child care programs are lax in many states. Parents expect their children to be safe in child care and they assume that licensed programs are regularly inspected. Yet, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds to states for child care and sets the framework for state child care laws, does not require any inspections. Child Care Aware® of America recommends that all licensed child care programs have regular unannounced inspections – at least once a year and preferably more often.

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Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA) is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to high-quality child care for all families, visit us at www.usa.childcareaware.org.