On November 19, 2014, the President signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. The law reauthorized the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program for the first time in 18 years and made expansive changes to protect the health and safety of children in child care, promote continuity of access to subsidy for low-income families, better inform parents and the general public about the child care choices available to them, and improve the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs. Collectively, these changes reflect a new era for child care in this country and an opportunity to improve the learning experiences of millions of children every day.
Since passage of the law, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has received many questions about its specifics. Below are responses to frequently asked questions about CCDF reauthorization organized by key implementation objectives. Please note that ACF will be providing guidance on a rolling basis and may issue additional guidance and FAQ’s on these topics in the future. In addition, ACF plans to release a notice of proposed rulemaking to further clarify guidance. The interim responses below are intended to provide preliminary information for the general public and timely direction for States and Territories as they prepare to submit their FY2016-2018 CCDF Plans1.
Please visit the CCDF Reauthorization page to view the CCDF Plan pre-print (ACF-118) and other ACF guidance related to reauthorization and its implementation. We also continue to welcome feedback and you can send any questions or comments to us by email.
Source: Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families