A Snapshot of State Responses in Draft CCDF Plans

June 21, 2024

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Currently, states are finalizing their FY 2025-2027 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plans. Every three years when states undergo this planning process, they must provide the public with an opportunity to comment. This must happen before submitting a final version to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) by July 1, 2024. As states release draft CCDF Plans ahead of their required public hearings, CCAoA has been monitoring how they respond to questions, especially those aligned to new policy requirements in the 2024 CCDF Final Rule 

For this analysis, we used our 2025-2027 CCDF Plan Public Hearing tracker to examine 49 draft CCDF Plans (representing 48 states and DC) that were made publicly available as of June 10, 2024. Our “first look” examination does not include responses for Nevada and Wyoming because their draft CCDF Plans were not yet available for review. States can update their responses in the CCDF Plans until they submit their plans, so this examination represents a snapshot in time. 

Read the full report including detailed information on the 2025-2027 CCDF Plans.  

Overall, most states are on track to submit 2025-27 CCDF Plans that include public input and show compliance with federal policies (including the new requirements under the 2024 CCDF Rule). But gaps remain. Once the final CCDF Plans are submitted, we look forward to examining and understanding where states stand. 

Need help reviewing components of your state CCDF Plan and preparing for the public hearing? Request TA from CCAoA as you work with your state administrators to implement policies to support children, families and providers. 

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