Qualifications for Providers

Research has shown that trained caregivers are more likely to promote the physical and mental health, safety, and cognitive development of the children in their care. The CCDF Plan requires Lead Agencies to describe the qualifications they have in place for providers, including the minimum age allowed, minimum education level, and any specific content required related to the age of children served.

The Child Care Data Tracker is a comprehensive case management tool designed to support the collection, management, and use of case-level information needed for the generation of the required ACF-700 and ACF-801 reports. This tool includes information about minimum qualifications and ongoing training hours. Refer to the Office of Child Care website at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/child-care-data-tracker for access to this tool.

Additional information about training and professional development requirements is in Recruit and Retain a Qualified and Effective Child Care Workforce.