CCDF Final Regulations
Last Reviewed: August 21, 2015
The CCDF regulations are available on the Government Printing Office Electronic Code of Federal Regulations web site.
They can also be found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 45 CFR Parts 98 and 99.
These regulations contain provisions that were published in three final rules:
- CCDF Final Rule, published July 24, 1998 with an effective date of August 24, 1998. This final rule implemented the child care provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 (Public Law 104-193) and incorporated technical corrections to PRWORA made by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33). PRWORA appropriated new entitlement child care funds under section 418 of the Social Security Act. PRWORA also reauthorized discretionary funding under the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 1990. PRWORA required that entitlement child care funds be transferred to the State, Tribe or Territorial Lead Agency for the CCDBG and be administered by that agency using the provisions of the CCDBG Act. The Administration for Children and Families named these combined funds the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).
- CCDF State Match Provisions Final Rule, published May 18, 2007 with an effective date of October 1, 2007. This final rule revised the CCDF regulations to give States increased flexibility in making the necessary State expenditures on child care to access their full allotment of CCDF Federal matching funds.
- CCDF Error Rate Reporting Final Rule, published September 5, 2007 with an effective date of October 1, 2007. This final rule established requirements for the reporting of error rates in the expenditure of CCDF grant funds by the fifty States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
On November 19, 2014, the President signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. This law reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them. Where the law does not otherwise override or revise provisions in existing CCDF regulations, those regulations continue to apply. ACF plans to update the CCDF regulations to incorporate new provisions and changes made by reauthorization.