After returning from a stimulating week at the National Association for Regulatory Administration’s (NARA) Licensing Seminar and the Expert Licensing Panel hosted by NARA and the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), I learned about a new resource made available by the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC). The resource makes all the data over the past decade from the Child Care Licensing Studies conducted by NARA and NCECQA available as SPSS data files. I started to mine these data as soon as I got back and plan on posting several blogs on this website over the winter months looking at trends in the data over the past decade.
There are five data points from 2005 – 2014. The data base provides a national window into child care licensing in both center based and home based care. I will start with the centers data base and then move to the home data bases. Here is my first look at the center data base related to licensed capacity, number of centers and average size of centers. As I said, I will be selecting variables and posting results overtime looking at trends over the five data points. If anyone has any pressing questions that they are interested in seeing how things have changed over the past decade, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Fiene@RIKInstitute.com.