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Policies and Practices that Promote Continuity of Child Care Services and Enhance Subsidy Systems

Information Memorandum: CCDF-ACF-IM-2011-06

Published: September 21, 2011
Program Administration
Current Guidance, Eligibility, States/Territories, Tribes
Information Memoranda
Continuity of Care, Current Guidance, Eligibility, Subsidy Systems

This Information Memorandum provides guidance to encourage Lead Agencies to adopt policies that promote continuity of child care services for the benefit of children and families.

Background: The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) offers States, Territories, and Tribes maximum flexibility to develop high-quality child care programs that best suit the needs of children and families as they pursue financial self-sufficiency and school success for their children. The statutory and regulatory commitment to flexibility provides Lead Agencies with the latitude to design subsidy systems that take into account local market dynamics, current budgetary parameters, and other factors that are unique to the local child care landscape. Given this flexibility, Lead Agencies have the opportunity and responsibility to craft policies that support the long-term, sustainable success of children and families.