Child Care Licensing Study, United States, 2004-2005

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
  • National Association for Regulatory Administration
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Child Care Licensing Survey Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
child care; child health; child nutrition; facilities; licensing; state regulations
  • Abstract

    The purpose of the 2005 Child Care Licensing Study was to report two aspects of child care licensing from 2005 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia: (1) state child care licensing programs and policies, and (2) child care center licensing regulations.To collect information on states' licensing policies, including staffing, monitoring, and enforcement of licensing regulations, the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) disseminated the 2005 NARA Child Care Licensing Program Survey to all state child care licensing agencies in February 2005. Responses were received from all states. The survey focuses on the processes and policies in each state related to staffing for the licensing program, monitoring facilities, and enforcement of licensing regulations. The data cover the following topic areas: Number of licensed facilities; Complaint investigations; Licensing staff; Enforcement actions; Types of inspections; Licensing information on the Internet; Frequency of inspections; Licensing fees; Frequency of licensing; Licensing staff requirements; Inspections and monitoring; The role of licensing in quality initiatives; Data on child care center licensing regulations were compiled from the regulations posted on the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education Web site ( between January 1 and December 31, 2005. The data cover the following areas: Licensing regulations; Additional staff training requirements; Definition of licensed child care centers; Child-staff ratios and group size; Staff roles and age requirements; Supervision of children; Staff qualifications and ongoing training requirements; Care of children; Facility requirements; Staff hiring requirements; More information on the study is located on the National Association for Regulatory Administration Web site.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed consistency checks.; Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: Responses were received from all states and the District of Columbia.
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: State Licensing Programs and Policies Data
    • DS2: State Child Care Center Regulations Data
    • DS3: State Child Care Center Staff Qualifications Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2004-01--2005-12
  • 2004-01 / 2005-12
  • Collection date: 2005-02--2005-12
  • 2005-02 / 2005-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All state child care licensing agencies in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire
2009-10-13 User guide was added to documentation.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 21400 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR21400.v2

Update Metadata: 2019-09-04 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30