Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 10: Licensing and Community Action

10.4 Facility Licensing

10.4.2 Facility Inspections and Monitoring Statutory Authorization of On-Site Inspections

The state statute should authorize the state regulatory agency to conduct on-site inspections of child care/early care and education facilities.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Position Statement says, “Effective enforcement requires periodic on-site inspections on both an announced and unannounced basis with meaningful sanctions for noncompliance” (1). When unannounced inspections are used, they should be conducted at any hour the facility is in operation, i.e., evenings and nights included if the facility operates at those times (2). NAEYC recommends that all centers and large and small family child care homes receive at least one site visit per year. Unannounced inspections have been shown to be especially effective when targeted to providers with a history of low compliance (1).
  1. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 1997. Licensing and public regulation of early childhood programs: A position statement. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
  2. U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW), Office of Child Development (OCD). 1973. Guides for day care licensing. DHEW Publication no. OCD 73-1053. Washington, DC: DHEW, OCD.