Office of Child Care webinar highlights right-sizing child care licensing requirements to expand school-age accessibility

Office of Child Care webinar highlights right-sizing child care licensing requirements to expand school-age accessibility

A small but growing number of states have effective systems for child care licensing and accessing subsidy funds that include requirements, supports, and even whole sets of policies specific to school-age programs. On September 14, the National Center of Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted a webinar, “Addressing School-Age Needs in Licensing Regulations,” based off their recent policy brief on key considerations in this area.

Work on these regulations now is especially timely. Forty-five percent of children nationwide served by Child Care Development Block Grant funds are school-aged and states have $15 billion in supplemental funds to obligate until next year, which can be used to support licensing school-age programs. Per the ACF Supplemental Fund Guidance – 6-11-2021:

“Some lead agencies do not license all types of child care, including small family child care homes and school-age programs in school facilities. These programs may be high quality and play a critical role in meeting the needs of working families. Lead agencies should ensure that any legally-operating license-exempt programs are supported to meet health and safety and quality standards and are encouraged to expand licensing opportunities with the supplemental funds.”

Read the full post here.