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Policy Interpretation Question regarding Parental Choice Provisions Included in CCDF Regulations

Program Instruction CCDF-ACF-PIQ-2011-01

Published: January 5, 2011
Program Administration
Quality and Targeted Funds, States/Territories, Tribes
Policy Interpretation Questions
Current Guidance, Quality Improvement Systems

UPDATE: A final rule based on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 was published on September 30, 2016. See 45 CFR 98.30(g).

This policy interpretation clarifies that the parental choice provisions included in CCDF regulations do not preclude a Lead Agency from establishing policies that require child care providers serving subsidized children to meet certain quality requirements, including those specified within a quality improvement system, provided that the Lead Agency does so in a manner consistent with the CCDF parental choice requirements.  Lead Agencies have flexibility to establish requirements for child care providers that serve children receiving subsidies, which may be reflected as distinct levels or ratings within a quality improvement system.  In establishing such policies, the Lead Agency must continue to allow parents to choose from a range of child care provider categories and types as outlined in regulation.

Last Reviewed: September 27, 2017