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Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Performance Measures

Published: January 2, 2013

 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Measures

The Office of Child Care (OCC) reports annually on a set of indicators that reflect program performance in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), as required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 (P.L. 103-62). Progress on performance goals is reported annually in the President’s Budget Justification to Congress.

Current CCDF GPRA measures are:

1. Access to Child Care Assistance Measure: Maintain the proportion of children served through CCDF, TANF, and SSBG child care funding as compared to the number of children in families with income equal to or less than 85% State Median Income (SMI);

2. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Measure: Increase the number of states that implement Quality Rating and Improvement Systems that meet high quality benchmarks, including programs standards, supports to programs to improve quality, financial incentives and supports, quality assurance and monitoring, and outreach and consumer education;

3. Professional Development Systems Measure: Increase the number of states with professional development systems that include core knowledge and competencies (CKCs), career pathways, professional development capacity assessments, accessible professional development opportunities, and financial supports for child care practitioners; and,

4. Early Learning and Development Standards Measure: Increase the number of states that have implemented early learning guidelines that cover a range of domains across physical, cognitive, and social and emotional development are incorporated into other parts of the child care system, and aligned with other education standards.

The most recent data and information about the CCDF GPRA measures are available in the President’s Budget Justification to Congress.

Government Priority Performance Goals

In response to the President’s challenge to the heads of federal agencies to deliver a government that works - one that is effective, efficient, fair, and transparent, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) established near-term Priority Performance Goals. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) administers a goal aimed at improving the quality of early childhood programs for low-income children. The measure is composed of two parts:

1. Increase the number of states that implement Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) that meet high quality benchmarks, including programs standards, supports to programs to improve quality, financial incentives and supports, quality assurance and monitoring, and outreach and consumer education (Administered by the Office of Child Care)[1]; and,

2. Increase the number of children served in high quality classrooms by reducing the proportion of Head Start grantees receiving a score in the low range on the basis of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS: Pre-K) (Administered by the Office of Head Start).

The outcomes of the Priority Performance Goal focused on early childhood education are reviewed and reported to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as part of the Federal government performance review. Additional information about the measure is available at http://goals.performance.gov/goal_detail/HHS/404 and in the DHHS Annual Performance Report and Performance Plan available at http://www.hhs.gov/budget/fy2014/opa_040513.pdf.



[1] The QRIS component of the High Priority Performance Goal is the same as the CCDF QRIS GPRA measure.