ACF-800 Reporting Guide

Publication Date: May 25, 2016


The State/Territory-level aggregate report, or ACF-800, is one of two data collections undertaken by the Office of Child Care pursuant to the requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant of 1990 (42 USC 9801 et seq.) as amended by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PL 104-93) 1 , the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (PL 105-33), and the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Act of 2014 (PL 113-186). All Child Care and Development Fund lead agencies in the States, the District of Columbia, and Territories (including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands) are required to complete and submit the ACF-800 report annually.

The collection of annual aggregate information has occurred since 1997.  The ACF-800 Report covers the twelve-month Federal fiscal year (FFY) period of October 1 through September 30.  Summaries of ACF-800 results are posted in the Program Data and Statistics section of the Office of Child Care’s web site.

By statute, data from the reports must be reported to Congress.  Additionally, the data are used to assist the Department of Health and Human Services in addressing national child care needs and in providing technical assistance to improve the quality of child care for low-income families.  The annual ACF-800 data collection is of particular importance in implementing the performance measurement strategy of the Administration for Children and Families Office of Child Care.


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