The recently-enacted reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act (Public Law 113-186), includes a number of changes to the administrative data reporting requirements for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. These changes impact both the ACF-800 annual aggregate report and the ACF-801 monthly case-level report.
The Office of Child Care (OCC) is proposing changes to the ACF-800 and ACF-801 reporting forms to implement these statutory changes and to strengthen administrative data. The proposed revisions are available for two rounds of public comment under the Paperwork Reduction Act. OCC’s goal is to finalize the revised data reporting forms in FY2015, so that State reporting on the new forms can begin in FY2016 (which starts October 1, 2015). As discussed below, two of the proposed changes would not take effect until FY2018 (which starts October 1, 2017).
This document provides an overview of the most significant proposed changes to the reporting forms. For complete details, see the proposed reporting forms and instructions.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act is the law (along with Section 418 of the Social Security Act) that authorizes the federal child care subsidy program known as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). It is the primary Federal funding source devoted to providing low-income families that are working or participating in education and training with help paying for child care and to improving the quality of care for all children. The CCDF program helps fund child care assistance for 1.4 million children under age 13 each month throughout the United States, U.S. Territories, and Tribal communities. Additionally, CCDF investments in quality benefit millions more children in non-CCDF child care.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act Reauthorization provided opportunities to offer flexibility to Tribes in certain areas where there are unique needs. To best identify how the Act should apply to Tribes, the Office of Child Care (OCC) conducted a series of tribal consultations to solicit tribal input. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) addressed the extent to which certain provisions should apply to Tribal CCDF grantees.