This technical bulletin addresses whether States should submit data representing their full population versus samples and the various advantages for analysis of subsidized child care data. Your State’s subsidized child care data set has the potential to become a valuable resource for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners as the population of children and families in need continues to grow. The development and implementation of the national child care data set in conjunction with State data sets, can inform progressive change and continuous improvement through a better understanding of the characteristics of the subsidized child care population as well as the quality of assistance received.
This Technical Bulletin lists the data standards for the ACF-801 Child Care Case Record Form. This Form, which is submitted by States and Territories to the Office of Child Care (OCC), includes key case-level data required by the statute governing the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The data standards described here serve as the principal guidance for identifying and correcting errors in case-level data and ensuring accurate data submissions.
This Technical Bulletin describes the requirements for formatting the ACF-801 data submission file. These formatting guidelines should be followed by all States and Territories when creating the file for electronic submission to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). All questions about the file format should be directed to the National Center on Data and Technology (NCDT). This Technical Bulletin provides guidance reflecting changes made to the ACF-801 report announced in April 2012. Footnotes are now required for Element #28 (Hours), Element #34 (QRIS rating), and Element #37 (Other State-defined quality measure).The Office of Child Care has indicated that each State/Territory is expected to report on at least one of the quality elements for at least a portion of the provider population. Note: Please refer to Technical Bulletin #3 for guidance on the reporting requirements.
This Technical Bulletin lists the data standards for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Annual ACF-800 Report. The Report, which is submitted by States and Territories to the Office of Child Care (OCC), includes key State-level data required by the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, as amended. Along with the instructions to the ACF-800 Report, the data standards described here serve as the principal guidance to be used in developing the report and identifying possible errors in the data. The submitting State or Territory should correct data that fail to meet these data standards.
This Technical Bulletin describes how to use the Summary Data Assessment Report (Summary Report). Designated staff in States and Territories automatically receive this report via e-mail after their ACF-801 case-level data has been submitted to the Child Care Bureau (CCB) and has been processed in the Child Care Bureau Information System (CCBIS).1 Note that the Detailed Assessment Report no longer is generated by CCBIS and grantees may instead use the Child Care Data Viewer software to capture similar information.
The Second Federal Register posting and request for comments on the FY 2014-2015 CCDF Plan Preprint Document has been published. We received insightful comments that have helped us in revising the document, and we used color-coded, italicized text to indicate the changes that have been made. Readers may notice a triangle behind certain questions throughout the Plan Preprint. The triangles identifies specific questions from which OCC will extract data for the FY 2014-2015 Tribal Summary.