Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 10: Licensing and Community Action

10.4 Facility Licensing

10.4.2 Facility Inspections and Monitoring Monitoring Strategies

The licensing agency should adopt monitoring strategies that ensure compliance with licensing requirements. These strategies should include the provision of technical assistance, advice and guidance to help providers achieve and maintain compliance with licensing requirements and consultation, advice and guidance to encourage upgrading the quality of care to exceed licensing requirements (1). When these strategies do not include a total annual review of all licensing requirements, the agency should review selected policies and performance indicators and/or conduct a random sampling of licensing requirements at least annually. The licensing agency should have procedures and staffing in place to increase the level of compliance monitoring for any facility found in significant noncompliance.
Due to an insufficient number of inspectors in licensing agencies across the country, it is important to use various methods in the licensing process to insure quality (2). Monitoring with a focus on teaching, encouraging, upgrading and safeguarding, can be very successful in assisting programs and providers to achieve and maintain compliance with licensing requirements (2).
  1. National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA). 2000. Phases of licensing. In NARA licensing curriculum. 2000 ed. Lexington, KY: NARA.
  2. Fiene, R. 2002. 13 indicators of quality child care: Research update. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.