This Information Memorandum is intended to be a reference tool for Lead Agencies to use in implementing the ARRA funding and in developing their FY 2010-2011 CCDF Plans. This guidance reviews important areas of flexibility in the CCDF program and offers examples of services, supports, and related resources that Lead Agencies may wish to consider. Specifically, this guidance covers the following areas:
Reimbursement Rates and Family Co-Payments
Quality Activities and Targeted Funds
Service Coordination Across Programs
Lead Agencies should consider what resources are currently available for monitoring implementation of the CCDF program and what resource gaps exist. Lead Agencies should explore various mechanisms for enacting changes including administrative policy changes and working with the State legislature. Renewed emphasis on transparency and accountability for Federal, State and local programs makes it critically important for a Lead Agency to have the infrastructure and information it needs to demonstrate the effectiveness of its CCDF program by linking the services provided with positive outcomes for children and families.