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Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014

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Context

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, signed into law on November 19, 2014, reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program. The CCDF Program provides funds to states to help low-income families pay for child care while a parent works or is in an educational or job training program. The reauthorized law makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about available child care choices.

The reauthorized law also includes important new provisions related to serving young children experiencing homelessness. Changes include the establishment of a grace period for the provision of needed documentation for homeless children and the establishment of a homeless data point to track how young homeless children are served by the CCDF Program. The reauthorized law also authorizes the usage of funds for assisting with the enrollment process of young homeless children while needed documentation is obtained, providing training on identifying and serving homeless children, and conducting specific outreach to homeless families.

Legislation


Final Regulations | Guidance | Memoranda

Download the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program: Final Rule (September 2016)
Download Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program: Final Rule - With References to Homeless Families with Children Highlighted (Compiled by NCHE, September 2016)
Download the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF); Revised ACF-801 Child Care Monthly Case Record Form and Instructions (CCDF-ACF-PI-2016-02, January 2016)
Download the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ACF - 801 Child Care Monthly Case Record Form (OMB #: 0970-0167, January 2016)
Download the federal interagency Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness (October 2016)

Resources

Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plans
The CCDBG Act requires states to submit plans that serve as the application for CCDF funds by providing a description of, and assurance about, the grantee's child care program and all services available to eligible families. This webpage from the Administration on Children at Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides access to approved state CCDF plans for the FY-2016-2018 period, effective from June 1, 2016, through September 30, 2018.
Visit the Approved CCDF Plans (FY 2016-2018) webpage.
Download CCDF State Plan Excerpts from: Section 3.2.2. Improving Access to High Quality Child Care for Homeless Families.

Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Reauthorization
This webpage from the Administration on Children at Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides key resources related to the reauthorization of the CCDF Program, including links to the statutory language, an overview of the law, a draft for public comment on CCDF state plans, responses to frequently asked questions, and technical assistance resources.
Visit the CCDF Reauthorization webpage.

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Guide
This guide, developed jointly by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund, assists states in utilizing their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) state plan as a vehicle for improving access to high-quality early care and education for children who experience homelessness. The guide provides background information on child and family homelessness, including common barriers and challenges and best practices for serving homeless families; a summary of requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) related to homelessness; and a summary of opportunities available through the CCDF state plan to improve access.
Download Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Guide.
Download the companion Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Self-Assessment.



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