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Office of Child Care resources regarding COVID-19.

 The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to clarify a number of issues surrounding the ACF-801 reporting requirements. Section II provides guidance related to definitions of specific data elements and data element response options. Section III contains contact information if you have questions or need further assistance.

Technical Bulletin #1r-v6

ACF-800 State-Level Data Standards – November 2017
January 18, 2018

 This Technical Bulletin lists the data standards for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Annual ACF-800 Report, including new requirements associated with the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Act of 2014 (Public Law113-186). 

 The Pooling Factor Calculation Worksheet is designed to assist States and Territories that pool Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) dollars with other Federal and State funds with calculating an accurate pooling factor. 

Technical Bulletin #12r-v2: ACF-700 Clarifications

Revised August 2017
August 26, 2017

The purpose of this technical bulletin is to clarify issues related to the ACF-700 reporting requirements and to address some of the questions for which Tribal Grantees have sought assistance from the National Center on Child Care Data and Reporting (NCDR). The Bulletin focuses on reporting requirements as defined in the Tribal Annual Report: Guide for CCDF Tribal Lead Agencies.

The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to address questions related to using the Child Care Data Tracker (Tracker) software. 

Technical Bulletin #9r-v4

Using the ACF-801 Data Assessment Report, Revised April 2017
April 11, 2017

This Technical Bulletin describes how to use the Summary Data Assessment Report (Summary Report).

The purpose of this Bulletin is to clarify questions and issues related to the Tribal Grantee reporting requirements, and to address recent changes to the Tribal Annual Child Care Report (ACF-700).

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide States and Territories instructions for establishing the procedures necessary to electronically transmit the CCDF ACF-801 data file that contains the monthly case-level reports.  The data files are transmitted directly to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mainframe, and then transferred to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Child Care Information System (OCCIS).   In 2015, several changes were introduced into the electronic transmission process, including the discontinuation of support for the use of CONNECT:Direct software.  The Office of Child Care (OCC) currently approves two methods of electronic transmission:

  • TIBCO (CyberFusion) Managed File Transfer (MFT) Software, and
  • Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) software.

Technical Bulletin #1r-v5

ACF-800 State-Level Data Standards – January 2016
February 17, 2016

This Technical Bulletin lists the data standards for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Annual ACF-800 Report, including new requirements associated with the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Act of 2014 (Public Law113-186). The changes required by reauthorization include: 1) addition of element #2a – number of child fatalities (total and by care type, 2) discontinuation of  element #10 – consumer education content topics, 3) change in #11 – methods of consumer education used, and 4) change in the list of non-CCDF funds in the Child Care budget pool. All of these changes are required with the FFY 2016 report.