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 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.

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.

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.

The Child Care Data Tracker (Tracker), available to tribes and territories, is a comprehensive case management tool designed to support the collection, management, and utilization of the case-level information needed for the generation of the required ACF-700 and ACF-801 reports.

Technical Bulletin #4r-v2

ACF-801 Case Level File Format, Last Reviewed: July 2011
July 1, 2011

This Technical Bulletin describes the requirements for formatting the ACF-801 data submission file.