Child Care & Development Block Grant Act of 2014

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.

Final Regulations & Guidance

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 for 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 for 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

This interactive learning series from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, including early childhood and school-age child care providers, CCDF Lead Agency or designated entity staff, and other key stakeholders. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.
Visit the Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness learning module 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.