This Program Instruction (PI) transmits guidance for using the Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint (Preprint) (ACF-118-A) (Attachment A) to complete and submit the Tribal Lead Agency’s CCDF Plan (Plan) for the CCDF program Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2022 triennial Section 658E of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 relevant to Tribes.
This Program Instruction distributes the revised Form ACF-696 Child Care and Development Fund Financial Report, which was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0970-0163.
The CCDBG Act of 2014 established a minimum 12-month eligibility period for subsidy, regardless of a temporary change in parents’ status as working or attending job training or education, if family income does not exceed 85% of SMI. In addition, existing Federal CCDF policy guidance allows states to align subsidy eligibility periods for children in Early Head Start (see Policy Interpretation Question on Eligibility Determination for Head Start Collaboration, ACYF-PIQ-CC-99-02). Several states now allow children participating in EHS-CCP to remain authorized for subsidy for the duration of the partnership without redetermining eligibility, a period which may exceed 12 months.
The CCDBG Act of 2014 encourages states to blend and braid funding in order to support quality improvement efforts. Because subsidy rates alone often fall short of supporting the delivery of high-quality, year-round and full-day infant and toddler programs, the layered funding model is particularly critical to EHS-CCP. EHS-CCP Grantees and child care partners rely on this shared resource base in order to meet the full range of scheduling and service needs children and families may have.