The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act (Public Law 117-2) included $39 billion in new child care funding, including $24 billion for child care stabilization grants to providers and $15 billion in supplemental Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Discretionary Funds. On May 10, 2021, the Office of Child Care (OCC) issued guidance (CCDF-ACF-IM-2021-02) for states, territories, and tribes on requirements and recommendations for the child care stabilization funding included in section 2202 of the ARP Act. On June 10, 2021, OCC issued guidance (CCDF-ACF-IM-2021-03) for states, territories, and tribes on requirements and recommendations for the supplemental CCDF Discretionary Funds included in section 2201 of the ARP Act. Below are frequently asked questions (FAQs) and responses related to child care funding in the ARP Act. OCC will release additional FAQs and resources throughout the grant periods. All FAQs and resources will be posted on the Office of Child Care COVID-19 Resources page.
August 25, 2021