New Direction: Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (CFOC3)

A message from the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado

We, the staff of the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC), gratefully acknowledge the past 20 years of engagement of the early childhood and education community in our shared mission of health and safety for all children.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau funding for the NRC terminated on October 31, 2015. NRC’s University of Colorado staff will be collaborating with the American Academy of Pediatrics for the updating of Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (CFOC3) standards in a new National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). For questions regarding CFOC3 Standards, please contact the NCECHW toll free at 888-227-5125 or via email at

For the immediate future, public access to the Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition online searchable database will continue to be available at If you are experiencing technical problems with the CFOC3 database, please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The development and maintenance of the child care licensing regulations database has been transferred to National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA). They are working on a new version of that site, and it should be up later this year.

During this transition, a document has been created that includes direct Web links to all child care licensing regulations documents and the state agencies. It is available at Please contact the new Center at for questions regarding the state licensing regulations.

NRC services that are no longer operable include the toll free number, the NRC listserv, and the email.

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