Federal Register Publication of the FY 2022-2024 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan Preprint

September 10, 2020

As of September 10, 2020, the 60-day public comment period has opened in the Federal Register for the draft FY 2022-2024 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan Preprint for States and Territories. A PDF copy of the FY 2022-2024 CCDF Plan Preprint is attached below along with the link to the Federal Register announcement.

This notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires federal agencies to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)/Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for any information collection that will ask the same question of ten or more persons including stakeholders. The process includes publication of an initial Federal Register Notice (FRN) allowing 60 days for public comments on the initial Plan for information collection, the publication of a second FRN allowing 30 days for public comment on the final proposed information collection, and review and approval by OMB/OIRA. States, territories, and other interested parties have 60 days to make formal comments.  The public comment period ends on November 10, 2020. Please refer to the Federal Register publication Visit disclaimer page for instructions on how to submit comments.

Overview of FY 2022-2024 CCDF Plan Preprint

The FY 2022-2024 CCDF Plan Preprint has been refined, maintaining the eight-section structure of the FY 2019-2021 Preprint, while identifying opportunities to streamline formatting and support clear and concise lead agency responses. Areas of key refinements include removing any references to the “new law” and progress on unimplemented provisions, as all lead agencies were expected to demonstrate CCDF compliance no later than October 1, 2018. For example, the subsection on comprehensive background checks no longer asks lead agencies to address milestones in their implementation of background checks. Instead in the FY 2022-2024 Preprint, lead agencies will be asked to describe the procedures a provider uses to request a background check and the procedures and policies a lead agency follows to respond to and complete a background check.

To provide additional clarity, several formatting changes were also made. These include adding citations into the question introductions and reorganizing some questions and sections to improve flow. A numbering protocol has been implemented to ensure easy response identification and, where appropriate, question responses are organized into tables to reduce the reporting burden. Finally, throughout the FY 2022-2024 Preprint, suggestions have been made to lead agencies on where the COVID-19 pandemic might be addressed in a response.

FY 2022-2024 State and Territory CCDF Plan Preprint Draft for Public Comment