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The purpose of this guidance document is to set a new vision for monitoring and oversight policy and practice within states that (a) improves the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of oversight with regard to early care and education programs; (b) creates a culture of health and safety that better supports the healthy development of children; and (c) enables states to be successful in meeting the goals of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, (P.L. 113-186), which includes monitoring many more child care providers.

2014 ECD Accomplishments

February 27, 2015

This report highlights accomplishments of our efforts as we met our 2014 ACF Early Childhood goals.

Form for teachers or health care providers to use in case of an emergency

Special Care Plan

December 4, 2014

This document is a form used by teachers and health care providers to take care of children that require special accommodations

This document is a tip sheet that helps to prevent families from leaving children in hot cars.

This fact sheet details how vehicles heat up quickly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other safety advocates and academic institutions have recognized the safety threat heatstroke poses for leaving children in hot cars.

This document is a Community Guide for Developmental and Behavioral Screening

Contact list of State representatives for University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD). UCEDD has been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. Currently, sixty-seven UCEDDs in every state and territory are located in a university setting.

This joint letter between HHS and DOT discusses their efforts to raise public awareness on the issue of child safety. The campaign is called "Where’s baby? Look before you lock." Safety tips for families and other caregivers, media outreach materials, posters, and other campaign materials are available at


Pledge to Prevent Child Heatstroke in Cars