Standards Alignment

The Early Start Act mandates that the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (formerly DEL) undertake alignment of standards across Licensing, Early Achievers and ECEAP.  Alignment involves:

  • Updating Licensing, Early Achievers and ECEAP requirements 
  • Creating a progression of standards and regulations between licensed child care, Early Achievers and ECEAP, so that the early learning system has a unified set of regulations that are easy to understand by providers in the field. 

Events and Learning Opportunities

DCYF understands that changes to regulations can be overwhelming, but with a year of advance support and information, these new WACs will be achievable by the August 2019 implementation date. Check out our schedule of webinars and in-person trainings to find out how you can get informed about the standards.

Early Achievers and ECEAP Standards Progression

Children receive services in many different early learning settings. During their early years many children will attend some combination of early care and education programs. These can be licensed, participating in Early Achievers, and/or offering ECEAP services. To give children the biggest benefit, it’s essential that these early learning programs provide consistent services and use the same basic foundation so that higher levels of quality can be achieved.