The Health & Human Services Dept. proposes new program requirements for state agencies and tribes receiving funding under the $5 billion Child Care and Development Block Fund (CCDF) program (CFDA Number 93.575).
Public Comment Deadline: March 1.
CCDF supports state efforts to help low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training & education classes. The CCDF Plan for States and Territories is required from each CCDF Lead Agency.
HHS has revised the FY 2016-2018 plan requirements to align them with the new program mandate written into the Child Care and Development Block Grant reauthorization bill Congress passed last year.
Under the new plan directives, agencies must:
- 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 high quality child care for children in low-income families.
- Establish standards to ensure the health and safety of child care settings.
- Recruit/retain a qualified and effective child care workforce.
- Support continuous quality improvement.
- Ensure grantee accountability.