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Office of Child Care (OCC)

Technical Bulletin #5r-v3

This Bulletin was originally developed in 1998 to guide Lead Agencies as they began preparing for required data submission at the onset of the CCDF program. This revision of the Bulletin focuses on what a State/Territory must do if they make changes to their approved plan for data submission, or if they change from submitting sample data to full population data. Much of the information in the original document still applies and is retained in this revision.

PDG B-5 Funding Opportunity Announcement Q&A

The PDG B-5 FOA Q&A document reflects questions and responses to questions received over the past weeks since the release of the PDG B-5 FOA.

Summary of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) FY 2017 Expenditure Data

Summary of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) FY 2017 Expenditure Data

What is the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)?


  • The CCDF is a federal and state partnership program (over $5 billion in federal funding) authorized under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) and administered by states, territories, and tribes with funding and support from the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Care. States use CCDF to provide financial assistance to low-income families to access child care so they can work or attend a job training or educational program.

There are over 11 million children in some form of non-parental child care each week. They spend an average of 39 hours per week in care. The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program is our largest federal support program for families who need assistance paying for child care. Over 1.4 million children from nearly 853,000 families are supported by CCDF dollars every month. Nationwide, almost 370,000 child care providers serving participating children.

Technical Bulletin #8r-v5: ACF-801 Clarifications

The purpose of this 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. Throughout this document the reference to “States” is used to include both State and Territory grantees.

Program Instruction: CCDF-ACF-PI-2016-03

This Program Instruction (PI) transmits guidance for completing and submitting the CCDF Tribal Plan Preprint (ACF-118-A) (Attachment A) for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2019 triennial Section 658E of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act relevant to Tribes.  Please Note:  The deadline for the submission of the FY 2017-2019 triennial Plan has been extended until August 1, 2016.

Technical Bulletin #2r-v3

This technical bulletin addresses whether States should submit data representing their full population versus samples and the various advantages for analysis of subsidized child care data.  Your State’s subsidized child care data set has the potential to become a valuable resource for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners as the population of children and families in need continues to grow.  The development and implementation of the national child care data set in conjunction with State data sets, can inform progressive change and continuous improvement through a better understanding of the characteristics of the subsidized child care population as well as the quality of assistance received.

NPRM Subsidy and Equal Access Webinar Slides

The proposed rule addresses the CCDBG Act of 2014, which includes provisions to provide equal access to stable, high quality child care for low-income children.

Program Instruction: CCDF-ACF-PI-2015-09

This Program Instruction (PI) transmits the Final State/Territory Plan Preprint (ACF-118) for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program for Fiscal Year 2016-2018 triennium, and provides guidance for submitting the Plan.  This Plan is required by section 658E of the CCDBG Act.<div style="border: 1px solid black; padding:1.3em;  background-color:#EAEFF2; width: 95%;  text-align:left; margin-bottom: .5em; margin-top: .5em;">
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    <strong>Log No:</strong> CCDF-ACF-PI-2013-08</li>
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    <strong>Issuance Date:</strong> November 15, 2013</li>
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    <strong>Originating Office:</strong> Office of Child Care</li>
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    <strong>Key Words:</strong> Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF); Financial Reporting Form for Indian Tribes</li>

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