Last year, Congress increased discretionary funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by nearly $2.4 billion — the largest in the history. This funding will be crucial in helping states meet the new requirements from CCDBG’s 2014 reauthorization.

Child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies are uniquely positioned to influence many aspects of CCDBG. Whether you are directly responsible for writing your state’s plan or desire to use your organization’s expertise and systems to influence and implement the plan, CCAOA is your go-to resource for all-things CCDBG.

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CCDBG Background 

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance for families and funds child care quality initiatives. CCDBG is administered to states in formula block grants. States use the grants to subsidize child care for low-income working families. CCDBG also funds Child Care Resource and Referral services and quality projects for infants and toddlers.

In February 2018, Congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement to authorize $300 billion through September 30, 2019. Of this, the agreement included $5.8 billion in in new discretionary funding for CCDBG. On March 23, Congress passed the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill which included a historic increase of $2.4 billion.

On Friday, June 8, 2018, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final State/Territory Child Care and Development Fund Plan Preprint for FY 2019-2021. As result of the delay in releasing this, ACF extended the plan submission deadline to August 31, 2018. In the final guidance, ACF encourages states to use the recent funding increase towards activities that will help one’s state comply with the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization Act of 2014.

What's the difference between CCDBG and CCDF?

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) authorized the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which is administered by states, territories, and tribes. 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. States can also use CCDF dollars to invest in improving quality through teacher workforce, supporting child care programs to achieve higher standards, and providing consumer education to help parents select child care that meets their families’ needs. 

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 How CCAoA Can Help CCR&Rs with CCDBG

Getting a seat at the table to influence your state’s plans starts with enhancing and updating your CCDBG implementation expertise. CCAoA offers free resources to help CCR&Rs deepen their impact and secure funding. Our experts have provided resources on areas like:

  • Advocacy
  • Consumer Education & Engagement
  • Disaster Preparedness & Relief
  • Federal Policy
  • Health & Safety
  • National Technical Assistance
  • Research & Mapping
  • Professional Development & QRIS TA


Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) Pre-Print Resources

Below are resources based on each of the eight categories that ACF uses to determine state compliance with the requirements of the law and rule. If you don’t see a resource that you need, please reach out to one of our experts.

Define CCDF Leadership and Coordination With Relevant Systems 

Promote Family Engagement Through Outreach and Consumer Education 


Provide Stable Child Care Financial Assistance to Families 

Ensure Equal Access to Child Care for Low-Income Children  

  • Parents and the High Cost of Care Report 
    Our 2017 report examines the unaffordability of child care for families across the country. We also discuss our policy recommendations for supporting families and child care providers. Use this as a tool to help determine the need in your area. 

  • Millennial Map 
    Explore the story map below to learn more about the issues facing millennial parents, as well as a look at the affordability of full-time center-based care for an infant and of full-time center-based care for two children. 

  • Mapping the Gap 
    Child Care Aware® of America partners directly with state child care leaders, using GIS technology, to share their unique stories via customized state story maps. Use these maps to determine how you can help your area gain equal access to child care for all. The is a great supply and demand tool for CCR&Rs.

Establish Standards and Monitoring Processes To Ensure the Health and Safety of Child Care Settings 

  • New Program Instruction on Background Checks  
    In October 2017, the Administration and Families (ACF) published a guidance updating the requirements on background checks mandated under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014.  

  • Required background checks (CCA) 
    What Are the Federal and State Background Check Requirements? Find out here. 
  • Nutrition Guidelines  
    Nutrition guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for healthy meals and snacks in child care. 
  • Getting Your Business Licensed (CCA) 
    What is child care licensing? What is covered? And How can child care providers get one? 
  • Licensing Database 
    The Child Care State Licensing Database was developed for policy makers, child care advocates, and providers interested in aligning state child care licensing requirements with Caring for Our Children Basics guidelines. This resource offers a state-by-state overview of ratings. 
  • Suspension and Expulsion 
    This document provides research and materials on reducing the expulsion of young children in early childhood programs and examples of state efforts that can guide decision-making about expulsion policy decisions.  

Recruit and Retain a Qualified and Effective Child Care Workforce 

  • Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education 
    The report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) explores how to finance quality early care and education (ECE) systems so that it is accessible to all families in all settings. This is a helpful resource in how you can retain an effective work force and educate the community on its importance. 

  • Recruitment and Retention - Head Start 
    It can be a challenge to recruit and retain highly qualified professionals in early childhood education. In this resource, find examples of state systems and policies that help support recruiting and retaining a highly-qualified workforce. Also, learn strategies for data collection on staff turnover. 
  • Early Care and Education Coaching 
    In this brief, learn more about the coaching landscape across the country. Also, find strategies and resources to promote systemic coaching approaches for state, territory, or regional considerations.  

Support Continuous Quality Improvement 

  • QRIS Resource Guide (NCEQA) 
    The QRIS Resource Guide is intended as a tool for states and communities to explore key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).  

  • Engaging Family Child Care Providers in Quality Improvement Systems 
    These documents address promising strategies that states, territories, and tribes can use to improve quality of care, engage providers, and sustain provider participation in regulatory systems and quality improvement initiatives.  
  • Family Engagement in QRIS 
    Family engagement is integral to quality child care and improved child and family outcomes. This project explores the state of family engagement in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS); identifies and defines key family engagement features and indicators from best-practice models and research; and recommends their incorporation into statewide early care and education quality improvement systems and provider practices.  

  • Health Opportunities in CCDBG

Ensure Grantee Program Integrity and Accountability 

Policies and Procedures (CCA) 
Your policies and procedures will include a number of important topics. Some will be larger and overarching and others may seem less significant. All of these items, however large or small, are important to think about and establish ahead of time so that your business may run smoothly and all parties, from employees to families, know what to expect. 


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