Posted by Michelle Thomas, TCC’s Senior Policy Advisor
Many states are considering how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their early childhood licensing and monitoring systems. Recently, a nine state peer learning group, supported by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, focused on five key areas of an early childhood licensing and monitoring system:
- Assessing caseloads, improving caseload distribution, and using workload analyses data
- Developing of core rules, including assessment of risk levels
- Using core rules for monitoring and enforcement
- Establishing inter-rater reliability and other quality assurance strategies
- Using licensing data and technology
A “Using Licensing Data and Technology” webinar was held on July 27, 2017, and featured Jennifer Towell and Kristi Simpson from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS).
The presentation highlighted information about how Oklahoma uses, eXpedite, TCC’s mobile forms solution. Oklahoma is one of the states who use our solution to collect licensing data in the field, send it to their licensing management system in real time and display it on a website for parents who are searching for child care.