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  • Refugee Resettlement and Child Care Partnerships: Partnering to Increase Refugee Families’ Access to High-Quality Child Care

    This Information Memorandum (IM) is a joint effort between the Offices of Child Care (Director, Shannon Rudisill) and Refugee Resettlement (Director, Eskinder Negash).  The purpose of this memorandum is to create linkages between the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Funded Programs (refugee resettlement networks). In partnership, these two programs and networks can achieve the common goal of fostering resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure lives for all, including refugee families and their children.
  • Program Instruction CCDF-ACF-PI-2014-03

    This Program Instruction provides the Tribal Lead Agency with the instructions for completing the CCDF Annual Report.
  • Policy and Program Guidance for the Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CCP) Partnerships

    This Information Memorandum (IM) reinforces the purpose and vision of the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) and provides policy and program guidance for grantees and their partners.  This IM specifically addresses various issues and questions raised by grantees during the EHS-CCP orientations and start-up phase of the grants.
  • Children's Social-Emotional and Behavioral Health

    This Information Memorandum provides guidance to encourage Lead Agencies to adopt policies that promote the social-emotional and behavioral health of young children in partnership with families.  States should consider these recommendations as they prepare their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State plans.  Appendix 1 offers several free publicly available resources states can use in their efforts.
  • Building the Supply of High-Quality Child Care

    This Information Memorandum provides guidance to Lead Agencies implementing provisions of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 to increase the supply of high-quality child care.  States should consider these strategies as they prepare their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State plans.
  • Program Instruction CCDF-ACF-PI-2015-07

    This Program Instruction is a reminder to CCDF Tribal Lead Agencies of the annual administrative reporting requirements (i.e., ACF-700 and Supplemental Narrative), consistent with the terms and conditions of the CCDF program.
  • Program Instruction: CCDF-ACF-2016-01

    Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Child Care Annual Aggregate Report and Instructions (ACF-800 Report) for State and Territorial Lead Agencies.
  • Developmental and Behavioral Screenings

    Provisions in the CCDBG Act of 2014 related to developmental and behavioral screenings in child care and afterschool care programs, and potential policies for implementation.
  • Technical Bulletin #3r-v7, January 2016

    This Technical Bulletin lists the data standards for the ACF-801 Child Care Case Record Form.  This Form, which is submitted by States and Territories to the Office of Child Care (OCC), includes key case-level data required by the statute governing the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).  The data standards described here serve as the principal guidance for identifying and correcting errors in case-level data and ensuring accurate data submissions.
  • Technical Bulletin #4r-v5

    This Technical Bulletin describes the requirements for formatting the ACF-801 data submission file. These formatting guidelines should be followed by all States and Territories when creating the file for electronic submission to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). All questions about the file format should be directed to the National Center on Data and Technology (NCDT). This Technical Bulletin provides guidance for implementing provisions of the recently enacted reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (Public Law 113-186) of 2014 and makes other revisions to strengthen administrative data reporting. Changes include the following new elements: