On February 3, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded nearly $10 billion in supplemental Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program funding to states, territories, and Tribes to address the needs of child care providers and families resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. These funds were made available under the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) of 2021 (P.L. 116-260). Tribes will be receiving $275,000,000 of the CRRSA funds.
Funds can be used for a range of activities, including continuing payments and assistance to help child care providers in the case of decreased enrollment or closures and to ensure that providers are able to remain open or reopen; providing child care assistance to essential workers without regard to income eligibility requirements; providing relief from copayments and tuition payments for families; delivering technical assistance to help child care providers implement practices in line with guidance from state, territory, and local health departments and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the safe provision of child care services; and supporting other allowable CCDF program activities. The Office of Child Care (OCC) will provide further guidance to states, territories, and Tribes, including information on reporting requirements for these funds, through the OCC COVID-19 Resources page.