State-specific information can be found in databases maintained by the Office of Child Care, Office of Head Start, National Workforce Registry Alliance, National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Head Start Agency Service Profile
Locate Head Start grant recipient-level information on reported demographics, services, and federal monitoring of Head Start programs (including Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian Alaska Native Head Start).
Head Start Center Locator
Search by location for all Head Start programs of a certain program type and within a given radius.
Data Explorer and State Profiles
Check here for state-level data on early care and education topics, including demographic information, program participation and funding, Child Care and Development Fund subsidy program administration, program quality improvement activities, and professional development and workforce initiatives.
Early Learning and Development Guidelines
All states have created Early Learning and Development Guidelines for preschool children (3 to 5 years old). Many states have guidelines that also cover care for infants and toddlers (birth to 3) or have separate guidelines for that age group. Find website links for states' guidelines here.
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) State Information
Review state and territorial profiles for information on quality initiatives and obtain information on trends.
QRIS Quality Compendium
The Quality Compendium, which details and compares quality initiatives, allows you to view a state profile, create a report, or view top trends. The site includes master files from past years, resources, and other information.
Early Childhood Workforce: Registries
This overview presents need-to-know information about early childhood workforce registries and their functions.
National Workforce Registry Alliance Member Profiles
Obtain information about the state early childhood workforce registries affiliated with the National Workforce Registry Alliance.
National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations
Find national and state information about child care licensing regulations, agency policies, and requirements for licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and group child care homes.
State and Territory Child Care and Development Fund Administrators
This directory provides contact information for administrators of state, territory, and tribal grants from the CCDF.
Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five Grant Competition
Grant award information is compiled here for the Preschool Development Grants Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Initiative.
Nutrition Assistance Programs
Search by state for a list of the nutrition assistance programs funded by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contact information for the state and local administrators of these programs is provided.
State and Community Homelessness Maps
Access state-level demographic information on homelessness and poverty and find contact points for state and local services to families experiencing homelessness.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Office of Head Start
Last Updated: May 19, 2023