Acronyms Commonly Used Regarding Child Care

CACFP - Child and Adult Care Food Program
CCR&R - Child Care Resource and Referral
CPS - Child Protective Services
DAP - Developmentally Appropriate  Activities
DHS - Department of Human Services
ECE - Early Childhood Education
EHS - Early Head Start
HS - Head Start
HSBS - Head Start Body Start
ICCC - Inclusive Child Care Program
IEP - Individualized Education Plan (for special needs)
NACCRRA - National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
NAEYC - National Association for Education of Young Children
NAFCC - National Association of Family Child Care Providers
QRIS - Quality Rating and Improvement System
R&R - Resource and Referral
SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
USDA - United State Department of Agriculture
WIC - Women, Infants, and Children (nutrition program)

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