New Waiver Requests and Renewals Guidance

September 23, 2020

OCC recognizes that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused widespread disruptions to states’ and territories’ progress toward meeting the requirements in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. This new document provides guidance to states, territories, and tribes for requesting new waivers or waiver renewals due to extraordinary circumstances based on ongoing COVID-19 pandemic uncertainties and challenges. The following table explains scenarios and deadlines for these requests and renewals, including the option to request time-limited waivers (of up to 1 year) related to the market rate survey, an Administration for Children and Families (ACF) preapproved alternative methodology, and/or the required narrow cost analysis. The full guidance can also be found on the OCC COVID-19 website.

Scenarios for Requesting Waivers


Jurisdiction Applicable


Background Check Waivers for Extraordinary Circumstances for States Granted Transitional Waivers Expiring on September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

States (including DC)

Apply for a new waiver for extraordinary circumstances using an update to the ACF-118 system (Appendix A).

Waivers for Extraordinary Circumstances for Non-Compliant Requirements 

September 30, 2020

States (including DC)

Submit a waiver request for extraordinary circumstances using the existing process.

Renewals for Current Waivers for Extraordinary Circumstances  

January 28, 2021

States, territories, and tribes

Submit a renewal request to the OCC Regional Office by email.

Waivers for Extraordinary Circumstances for FY 2022–2024 State and Territory CCDF Plan Period Market Rate Survey, Alternative Methodology, and Narrow Cost Analysis

July 1, 2021

States and territories

Apply for a waiver by completing the applicable sections in the FY2022–2024 State and Territory CCDF Plan.