New Health & Safety Requirements Under CCDBG

Federal Regulations

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 made major changes designed to protect the health and safety of children in early care and education (ECE) settings. The foundation of high-quality child care that promotes child development involves efforts to improve children’s health, safety, and well-being.

The CCDBG Act of 2014 included several provisions related to health and safety, training, and monitoring that states will have to implement for all providers receiving payments from the CCDF program. The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) has developed nine new briefs addressing the health and safety topics specified in the law. To view, see the documents on the right.

Another change brought about by the CCDBG Act was with regard to license-exempt child care programs in New Jersey. As the new CCDBG health and safety regulations were designed to meet certain minimum health and safety standards, regardless of a state’s licensing rules and regulations, the federal law requires states to enforce the health and safety standards outlined in the CCDBG law. Therefore, all providers are required to be either licensed, registered, or DHS/DFD-approved before they are eligible to receive State child care subsidy funds. Please see the document at right on License-Exempt Program Policy Clarification.