In Search of Research and Evaluation Findings about Licensing in Early Care and Education

Publication Date: January 10, 2020


Share your research or evaluation reports about licensing in early care and education (ECE). The information you share will inform the Understanding the Role of Licensing in Early Care and Education (TRLECE) project funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in partnership with the Office of Child Care.

This project will identify and address gaps in knowledge about how features of the licensing system in ECE are related to quality and outcomes for children, families, and key stakeholders (e.g., ECE providers or licensing agencies). The project team will also develop resources to support states and territories in evaluating and strengthening their licensing systems.

One of the early project activities is to refine a conceptual framework and synthesize information about licensing research, policies, and administrative practices. We want to review a broad range of research and are searching for relevant materials.

We invite you to share your relevant work.

Examples include:

  • Evaluation reports of ECE licensing regulations or practices;
  • Reports that summarize or analyze ECE licensing data at the local, regional, or state/territory level;
  • Research reports, including manuscripts under review;
  • National reports of licensing data across states or territories;
  • Conceptual frameworks or models of ECE licensing;
  • Logic models that include ECE licensing; and
  • Descriptions of outcomes of the ECE licensing system.

Please send all materials, along with your contact information, via email to by January 31, 2020.

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