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National Standards for Child Care

image in article National Standards for Child CareSince 1995, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) has been a cornerstone in setting and refining national #health-and- #safety standards for early care and education programs. These standards are compiled in the invaluable resource known as Caring for Our Children (CFOC). As a comprehensive collection of guidelines, CFOC serves as a roadmap for child care providers to ensure the highest standards of #health-and safety in their programs.

Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Caring for Our Children (CFOC) is more than just a set of recommendations; it represents the culmination of the best evidence, expertise, and experiences in the country regarding quality health and safety practices in early care and education settings. Supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CFOC is a vital resource for anyone involved in the care and education of young children.

One of the primary benefits of CFOC is its role in helping child care providers meet and exceed regulatory requirements. Child care licensing regulations vary from state to state, but CFOC serves as a comprehensive guide that aligns with many of these regulations. By adhering to the standards outlined in CFOC, providers can ensure compliance with state licensing requirements while also providing a safe and #healthy environment for the children in their care.

Topics Covered

CFOC provides practical guidance on a wide range of topics relevant to early care and education, including:

  • Health and Safety Policies: CFOC offers clear guidance on developing and implementing health and safety policies that address various aspects of child care, such as illness prevention, hygiene practices, and #emergency- #preparedness.
  • Nutrition and Meal Planning: Proper nutrition is essential for children's #growth-and #development. CFOC provides recommendations for nutritious meals and snacks, as well as guidelines for food preparation, storage, and allergy management.
  • Safe Sleep Practices: CFOC offers evidence-based recommendations for creating a #safe- #sleep environment for infants and young children, including guidelines for crib safety, sleep positioning, and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Recognition: Recognizing and preventing child #abuse and #neglect is a critical responsibility of child care providers. CFOC provides guidance on recognizing signs of abuse and neglect, reporting procedures, and creating a safe and supportive environment for children.
  • Inclusive Practices: CFOC emphasizes the importance of creating inclusive environments that respect and celebrate the diversity of children and families. It offers guidance on promoting #cultural-competence, supporting children with special needs, and fostering positive relationships with families.

In addition to its role in regulatory compliance and promoting best practices, CFOC serves as a valuable resource for professional development and continuous improvement. Child care providers can use CFOC to assess their programs, identify areas for improvement, and implement evidence-based strategies to enhance the quality of care they provide.

Standards-Based Training with ChildCareEd

ChildCareEd recognizes the importance of adhering to nationally recognized standards and guidelines in developing its training content. As such, Caring for Our Children (CFOC) serves as a foundational resource for much of ChildCareEd's training curriculum. By aligning its content with the evidence-based practices outlined in CFOC, ChildCareEd ensures that its training programs reflect the latest research and expertise in early care and education. This approach not only enhances the quality and relevance of ChildCareEd's training content but also instills confidence in child care providers, knowing that they are receiving instruction that aligns with nationally recognized standards for health and safety. Through this commitment to excellence, ChildCareEd continues to play a vital role in supporting the professional development and success of child care providers across the country.

Health and Safety Trainings

ChildCareEd has developed health and safety training topics to align with both CFOC National Standards as well as federal health and safety training regulations. 

Most states require caregivers to complete training on the following topics and ChildCareEd is here to help! Click on any of the trainings below and register today.

In conclusion, Caring for Our Children (CFOC) is an indispensable resource for child care providers seeking to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the children in their care. By following the standards and guidelines outlined in CFOC, providers can create nurturing environments that support children's growth, development, and learning.

For more information and access to the CFOC standards, providers can visit the NRC website. By utilizing CFOC effectively, child care providers can continue to uphold the highest standards of quality and excellence in early care and education.

Child care licensing regulations of all states are maintained in a database by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA) at


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