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Technical Bulletin #4r-v4

January 2016

Published: February 22, 2016
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Current Guidance, States/Territories
Technical Bulletins


This Technical Bulletin describes the requirements for formatting the ACF-801 data submission file. These formatting guidelines should be followed by all States and Territories when creating the file for electronic submission to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). All questions about the file format should be directed to the National Center on Data and Technology (NCDT). This Technical Bulletin provides guidance for implementing provisions of the recently enacted reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (Public Law 113-186) of 2014 and makes other revisions to strengthen administrative data reporting. Changes include the following new elements:

  • Family Homeless Status (#16a)
  • Family Zip Code (#16b)
  • Military Service (#16c)
  • Primary Language (#16d)
  • Child Disability (#25a)
  • Provider meets Head Start/Early Head Start Standards (#38)
  • Provider Zip Code (#39)
  • Date of Most Recent Health and Safety Inspection (#40) – Not reported until October 2017 report month


Last Reviewed: February 22, 2016