Since 2002, the overarching goal of the Child Care Licensing Program (CCLP) has been to expand the availability of quality child care in the District of Columbia. The Mary’s Center Child Care Licensing Program does so by providing technical assistance, mentorship, materials, support and training during the child care licensing process, with a particular focus on individuals for which English is not the first language.
When a child care provider becomes licensed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), it ensures that the program meets health and safety standards and operates under the supervision of the DC government. The result: more children in DC can spend the day in safe, healthy settings. Licensing is also transformative for providers. Their earnings increase, they gain pride and professionalism, and they are able to serve more children, and serve them better, with the equipment and training they need to provide safe, educational child care. By providing these supports to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, the Child Care Licensing Program expands access to culturally competent child care to meet the needs of the multicultural population of Washington, DC. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Program Coordinator Cory Mengual at email@example.com or 202-200-4158.
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