Announcement of CCDF Reauthorization

Publication Date: November 18, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that today the President signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. The law, which Congress passed with strong bipartisan support, reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.

As you know, since the beginning of this Administration the President has supported reform of the child care program and we are eager to begin working with State, Territory, and Tribal grantees to implement the CCDBG Act of 2014.  The law makes important statutory changes focused on better balancing the dual purposes of CCDF – to promote families’ economic self-sufficiency by making child care more affordable, and fostering healthy child development and school success by improving the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs.  It also 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.

This new law truly represents a watershed moment in the history of the child care program and will have far-reaching implications for the over 1.4 million children served by the CCDF program as well as the children cared for alongside them. I look forward to working in continued partnership with all of you to fully embrace and realize the potential of this long-awaited reauthorization.

Please continue to check the CCDF Reauthorization page a we will be updating it regularly with guidance related to CCDBG Reauthorization and its implementation.  We would also welcome feedback and you can send any questions or comments to us by clicking the link on this page or by emailing us at: ccdf.reauthorization@acf.hhs.gov

Sincerely,
Shannon Rudisill*
Director
Office of Child Care

* As of December 1, 2014, Shannon Rudisill is the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development. The current OCC Director is Rachel Schumacher.

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