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Making sense of early childhood acronyms

CPL, ASQ-3, CIP, oh my! What do all of these letters mean? Are you finding it difficult to navigate through the sea of uppercase letters found throughout different early childhood education regulations and documents? The following is a list of commonly seen acronyms that are important to know and remember:

ACRONYM NAME
AA Associate of Arts
ACL Administrator Credential Level
ACSI Association of Christian Schools International
ASQ-3  Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3rd Edition
ASQ-SE Ages and Stages Questionnaire – Social Emotional
BA Bachelor of Arts
BAS Business Administration Scale
BS Bachelor of Science
CACFP Child and Adult Care Food Program
CAEYC Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children
CCA Child Care Aware
CCR&R Child Care Resource & Referral
CDA Child Development Associate
CHELLO Child Home Early Language and Literacy Observation
CIP Continuous Improvement Plan
CKC Core Knowledge and Competencies
CLASS Classroom Assessment Scoring System
CNP Child Nutrition Program
COA Council on Accreditation for School-Age Programs
CPL Career Pathway Level
DAP Developmentally Appropriate Practice
DAYC Dayton Association for Young Children
DD Developmental Disabilities
DECA Devereux Early Childhood Assessment 
DECL Developing Early Childhood Leaders
DIAL4 Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning
ECAC Early Childhood Advisory Council
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECERS-R Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Revised
ECE-TRIS Early Childhood Education Training Records and Information System
E-LAP Early Learning Accomplishment Profile
ELCG Early Learning Challenge Grant
ELDS Early Learning Development Standards
ELLCO Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation
ESC Educational Service Center
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FCC Family Child Care
FCCERS-R Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale – Revised
FCFC Family and Children First Council
FFN Family, Friend and Neighbor
FRAC Food Research and Action Center
GOEC Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood
HMG Help Me Grow
HS/EHS Head Start/Early Head Start
ITERS-R Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale – Revised
KAECE Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education
LAP3 Learning Accomplishment Profile
MA Master of Arts
NAA National Afterschool Association
NACCP National Association of Child Care Professionals
NACCRRA National Association for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (now Child Care Aware)
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAFCC National Association of Family Child Care
NECPA National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
OAEYC Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children
OCCRRA Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association
OCLQS Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System
OCTF Ohio Children’s Trust Fund
ODDD Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
ODE Ohio Department of Education
ODH Ohio Department of Health
ODJFS Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
ODMH&AS Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
OFCF Ohio Family and Children First
OPDN Ohio Professional Development Network
OPIN Ohio Professional Identification Number
OPR Ohio Professional Registry
PAS Program Administration Scale
PBIS Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
PD Professional Development
PDO Professional Development Opportunities
PF Protective Factors
PFCC Publicly Funded Child Care
PFS Protective Factors Survey
PQA High Scope Program Quality Assessment
PRISM Program Review Instrument for Systems Monitoring
PS Parent Services
QAA Quality Achievement Award
QI Quality Initiative
QRIS Quality Rating and Improvement System
R&R Resource and Referral (for child care)
RSS ReadySetSoar
SAC School-Age Care
SACERS School-Age Environment Rating Scale
SACS CASI Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
SB6 Success By 6®
SDA Service Delivery Area
SFI Strengthening Families Initiative
SST State Support Team
STARS STARS for KIDS NOW
SUTQ Step Up To Quality
T.E.A.C.H. Teacher Education and Compensation Helps
TQRIS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
UW United Way