2013 We Can Do Better Report (Child Care Centers)

We Can Do Better: 2013 Update:

Child Care Aware® of America’s

Ranking of State Child Care Center Regulations and Oversight

Nearly 11 million children younger than age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in some type of child care setting. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for these children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies.

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We Can Do Better: 2013 Update is the fourth in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers. Child Care Aware® of America’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed.

The average score in 2013 was 92 out of a possible 150 points (61 percent of all possible points). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, the remaining top 10 states earned a C.  Twenty-one states earned a D and the remaining states 20 failed. 

To learn more, download the following materials:

Full Report

Executive Summary

Conclusion and Recommendations

We Can Do Better

Program and Oversight Benchmarks

State Rankings

State Appendix Tables

One Pager

National Press Release

 

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Alaska

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Rhode Island

Arizona

Indiana

Nebraska

South Carolina

Arkansas

Iowa

Nevada

South Dakota

California

Kansas

New Hampshire

Tennessee

Colorado

Kentucky

New Jersey

Texas

Connecticut

Louisiana

New Mexico

Utah

Delaware

Maine

New York

Vermont

Dept. of Defense

Maryland

North Carolina

Virginia

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

North Dakota

Washington

Florida

Michigan

Ohio

West Virginia

Georgia

Minnesota

Oklahoma

Wisconsin

Hawaii

Mississippi

Oregon

Wyoming