Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Resource Guide

CCDF Funding Resources

CCDF State and Territory Allocation Tables

These tables show the annual CCDF allocation for each state and territory.

Federal Child Care and Related Appropriations Summary

This summary outlines funding for programs that provide or support early care and education.

ACF Budget Information

The ACF budget page includes information about the President’s budget request and ACF’s operating budget based on funding Congress provided by program.

CCDF State and Territory Plan Resources

FY 2022-2024 State and Territory Plan Preprint

The CCDF Plan serves as the application for the CCDF funds by providing a description of, and assurance about, the grantee’s child care program and all services available to eligible families. This page includes information about the FY 2022—2024 CCDF state and territory plans, which must be submitted to OCC by July 1, 2021.

Preliminary Reports from FY2022-2024 State and Territory CCDF Plan Preprint

The following reports include the initial CCDF Plan data submitted by states and territories as of July 1, 2021. The preliminary reports and information are subject to change. The Plans are currently under review and will become effective as of October 1, 2021. For more detailed information about the sections listed below, please refer to the CCDF State/Territory Plan Preprint (PDF).

Approved CCDF Plans (FY 2019-2021)

Links to all approved FY 2019—2021 CCDF Plans that became effective October 1, 2018. The linked CCDF Plans reflect the services and activities as reported by 51 Lead Agencies in their CCDF Plans for fiscal years 2019—2021. The CCDF Plans offer a snapshot into current and planned efforts, initiatives, and implementation plans for each state and territory through September 30, 2021.

Alternative Methodology and Narrow Cost Analyses Program Instruction

This Program Instruction provides guidance to state and territory CCDF Lead Agencies on developing and conducting alternative methodologies and narrow cost analyses to establish subsidy payment rates.

Data and Reporting Resources

CCDF State, Territory, and Tribal Reporting

CCDF grantees are required to submit a variety of reports to ACF. These reports are used to determine compliance with spending requirements, count how many children are being served, measure improper payments, and see what grantees have planned for the program over the next three years. This page includes reporting guidelines and copies of the reports for all required CCDF reports.

CCDF Administrative Data Tables

These tables provide administrative information about the CCDF program. The tables include data submitted by states and territories on the ACF 800- Annual Aggregate Child Care Data Report and the ACF 801- Monthly Child Care Data Report.

CCDF Expenditure Data Tables

These tables show annual state-by-state CCDF expenditures. The tables aggregate data submitted by states and territories on the ACF 696 Expenditure Report.

Resources for Implementing CCDF Reauthorization

CCDF Reauthorization Resource Page

This page includes resources to help CCDF Lead Agencies implement the reforms included in the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act in 2014. Reauthorization made important changes that focused on reforming child care in this country to better support the success of both parents and children.

CCDF Final Rule FAQs

This page provides responses to frequently asked questions about the CCDF final rule published on September 30, 2016.

Criminal Background Check Requirement Resources

This page includes resources to help CCDF Lead Agencies implement the criminal background check requirements in the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. This page is updated when new resources are released.

Resources Related to Child Care Research

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections Visit disclaimer page

Child Care and Early Education “Research Connections” promotes high-quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policymaking. Through this website, Research Connections offers research and data resources for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and others.

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Compendium Visit disclaimer page

The QRIS Online Compendium is a catalog and comparison of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) to promote thoughtful design, analysis, and ongoing improvement in early care and education systems building.

CCDF Policies Database Visit disclaimer page

The CCDF Policies Database is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of child care subsidy policies for the 56 CCDF state and territory grantees. The policies captured in the database are collected primarily from the states’ caseworker policy manuals and include families’ initial and ongoing eligibility and application requirements, copayment information, provider policies, reimbursement rates, and several other categories of information.

Training and Technical Assistance Resources

Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System Page Visit disclaimer page

The Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System (ECTTAS) brings together resources from the Office of Child Care (OCC), the Office of Head Start, and their health partners to offer CCDF Administrators and their stakeholders information, tools, training, and other supports.

Fundamentals of CCDF Administration Visit disclaimer page

The Fundamentals of CCDF Administration (The Fundamentals) website Visit disclaimer page is a comprehensive resource for state/territory and tribal administrators, lead agency staff and partners. The Fundamentals has recently been revised to reflect the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and the CCDF Final Rule. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act is the law that, along with Section 418 of the Social Security Act, authorizes the federal child care subsidy program known as the Child Care and Development Fund.

There are several tools Visit disclaimer page available on this website including The Fundamentals of CCDF Administration Resource Guide, (PDF) Visit disclaimer page a printable version of the website content that provides more in-depth information and The Introduction to the Fundamentals of CCDF Administration PowerPoint slide deck (PDF) Visit disclaimer page which provides an overview of the key components of CCDF administration. Most recently a new Fundamentals learning module has been added to the website. This learning module Visit disclaimer page is a narrated, interactive resource that mirrors the content of the Introduction to the Fundamentals of CCDF Administration.

Child Care Data Explorer and State Profiles Visit disclaimer page

The Child Care Data Explorer and State Profiles can be used to search for data on various early care and education topics, including demographic information, program participation and funding, professional development and workforce initiatives.


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