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Priorities Report: FY2018

Published: January 22, 2019
Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Reporting


The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidies help low-income families with children under age 13 pay for child care. As a block grant, CCDF gives funding to states, territories, and tribes to provide child care subsidies through vouchers or certificates to low-income families, and grants and contracts with providers in some states. CCDF provides access to child care services for low-income families so parents can work, attend school, or enroll in training. Additionally, CCDF promotes the healthy development of children by improving the quality of early learning and afterschool experiences for both subsidized and unsubsidized children. Within the federal regulations, states, territories, and tribes decide how to administer their subsidy programs. States determine payment rates for child care providers, copayment amounts for families, specific eligibility requirements, and have some flexibilities on how to prioritize CCDF services. 


Last Reviewed: January 22, 2019