Child care providers are important partners in the support of healthy child development. Washington D.C. requires licensure of certain child care providers, and the licensing requirements include regulations about various quality measures including nutritious food and active play.
As a part of its extensive work in the child care setting, The Public Health Law Center has reviewed the child care licensing laws to identify the how the setting is defined and regulated. The review also identifies the public health requirements for child care providers (nutrition, active play, screen time limitations, etc.).
This resource compares scientifically-based best practices with Washington DC's child care licensing regulations on healthy eating, active play and screen time limits. To see this analysis in an interactive 50-state map, click here.
This resource identifies the child care licensing language that impacts screen time in child care settings.
This resource identifies the child care licensing language defining and exempting child care settings.
Washington D.C. Regulations and Statues
Washington D.C. Child Care Regulations (current through May 2017)
Washington D.C. Child Care Statutes (current through July 2016)
- DC Code - Chapter 15. Criminal Background Checks for Government Services to Children
- DC Code - sec. 7-2031 to 7-2050 Child Development Facilities Regulation
Child Care Highlighting Protocol
- Child Care Highlighting Protocol - The Public Health Law Center has reviewed the child care licensing regulations to identify how the setting is defined, how it is regulated, and who is exempt from regulation. The review also identifies public health requirements (nutrition, active play, screen time limitations, etc.), as well as other indicators, such as playground safety, equity and environmental contaminants. Licensing regulations were downloaded from state websites and highlighted.