New CLASP Resource on Expanding Monitoring and Technical Assistance in Infant/Toddler Child Care Settings

Jun 14, 2011

Every day babies and toddlers rely on those who care for them to keep their environments clean, protect them from harm, and respond to their needs. Ensuring very young children stay healthy and safe in child care requires knowledgeable providers and caregivers as well as clear health and safety procedures. State child care licensing policies set out specific regulations governing procedures, such as those on safe sleep practices, by licensed providers to prevent illness and injury in child care settings. Regular monitoring of child care can play a critical role in ensuring that these key regulations are implemented correctly and consistently. Routine inspections, including unannounced visits, can help to identify areas that providers need to address to protect infants and toddlers and provide targeted technical assistance.

CLASP announces the release of a new resource on expanding monitoring and technical assistance. The resource is part of the "Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care" project, an ongoing effort by CLASP to link research to policy ideas to help states make the best decisions for infants and toddlers in child care. In this latest resource, CLASP presents:

  • Research to "make the case" to expand monitoring and technical assistance;
  • Ideas for how state child care licensing, subsidy, and quality enhancement policies can move toward this recommendation; and
  • Online resources, including recommended standards and best practices on monitoring and technical assistance, for state policymakers.

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