National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) releases the 2011-2013 Child Care Licensing Study
The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in human care regulation and licensing through leadership, education, collaboration, and services. NARA represents all human care licensing, including child care, older adult care, child welfare, and program licensing for services related to mental illness, developmental disabilities and abuse of drugs or alcohol. NARA’s researchers have been studying child care in the United States for over thirty-five years. NARA seeks to improve the overall quality of out-of-home child care by measuring the effectiveness of licensing policies and procedures and determining which regulations are best at protecting children from harm.
Since 2005, NARA has partnered with the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI) to produce the Child Care Licensing Study. Between 2011 and 2013, NARA and NCCCQI pursued unilateral analyses of survey and regulatory data for operational reasons. NARA and NCCCQI intend to revitalize their partnership for future studies and other endeavors. NCCCQI has produced three extremely useful and enlightening research briefs relating to trends in child care licensing; these briefs are available at Appendix A of this study.