Office of Child Care (OCC)

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

Answer

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CCDF 2015 NPRM

Published: December 18, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions about the CCDF 2015 NPRM

How the New Child Care and Development Proposed Rule Would Impact Tribes

Published: December 18, 2015

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act Reauthorization provided opportunities to offer flexibility to Tribes in certain areas where there are unique needs.  To best identify how the Act should apply to Tribes, the Office of Child Care (OCC) conducted a series of tribal consultations to solicit tribal input.  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) addressed the extent to which certain provisions should apply to Tribal CCDF grantees.

Overview of CCDF 2015 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

Published: December 18, 2015

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act is the law (along with Section 418 of the Social Security Act) that authorizes the federal child care subsidy program known as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). It is the primary Federal funding source devoted to providing low-income families that are working or participating in education and training with help paying for child care and to improving the quality of care for all children. The CCDF program helps fund child care assistance for 1.4 million children under age 13 each month throughout the United States, U.S. Territories, and Tribal communities. Additionally, CCDF investments in quality benefit millions more children in non-CCDF child care.

Overview of Proposed Changes to ACF-800 and ACF-801 CCDF Administrative Data Reports

Published: June 2, 2015

The recently-enacted reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act (Public Law 113-186), includes a number of changes to the administrative data reporting requirements for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.  These changes impact both the ACF-800 annual aggregate report and the ACF-801 monthly case-level report.

The Office of Child Care (OCC) is proposing changes to the ACF-800 and ACF-801 reporting forms to implement these statutory changes and to strengthen administrative data.  The proposed revisions are available for two rounds of public comment under the Paperwork Reduction Act.  OCC’s goal is to finalize the revised data reporting forms in FY2015, so that State reporting on the new forms can begin in FY2016 (which starts October 1, 2015).  As discussed below, two of the proposed changes would not take effect until FY2018 (which starts October 1, 2017).

This document provides an overview of the most significant proposed changes to the reporting forms.  For complete details, see the proposed reporting forms and instructions.

ACF-800 Instructions (Not Final)

Published: June 1, 2015

The state-level aggregate report, or ACF-800, is one of two data collections undertaken by the Office of Child Care (OCC) pursuant to the requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant of 2014 (Public Law 113-186).  The other data collection is accomplished through the ACF-801 Report, which requires detailed, case-level data on families served through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). All CCDF lead agencies in the States, the District of Columbia, and Territories (including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianna Islands, and the US Virgin Islands) are responsible for completing the ACF-800. For more information, please see the OCC website.

Child Care and Development Fund Program Fact Sheet

Published: July 15, 2014

A fact sheet on the Child Care and Development Fund Program.

Child Care and Development Fund

Published: September 17, 2012

Child Care and Development Fund

Fundamentals of CCDF Administration

Published: July 30, 2013

Fundamentals of CCDF Administration

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