New Rules for $5B Child Care Block Grant Program

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.

Info: https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-01723

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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