This report is based on the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database, a cross-state, cross-time database of CCDF policy information. The fifth report of this project, it presents key aspects of the differences in CCDF-funded programs across all 50 States, territories, and tribes as of October 1, 2014.
For example, 27 States/Territories require that parents work a minimum number of hours to be eligible for care. In the other States/Territories, there is no minimum work requirement, but parents must still participate in approved activities in order to qualify for assistance.
The report highlights policy variations across four general areas of policy:
- Eligibility requirements for families and children
- Family application, terms of authorization, and redetermination
- Family payments • Policies for providers (including maximum provider payment/reimbursement rates)
The tables of policy details highlight the policies in effect in 2014, as well as information on how those policies have changed since 2013. This year’s report also highlights changes in policies over the past five years.