ARP Act Supplemental Funding: Overview, Planning, and Communications Resources
The following resources aim to help CCDF Lead Agencies understand American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act supplemental funding timelines, considerations, and recommended focus areas. These resources also help CCDF Lead Agencies implement strategic planning and communication associated with funded activities.
Overview of Requirements, Considerations, and Priorities
The following resources provide an overview of the ARP Act CCDF discretionary funds, including a detailed timeline, how the funding addresses key issues with the existing child care system, and recommended fund uses.
This webinar highlights how federal relief funding is being used to address the relief and recovery needs of the child care system.
This resource provides a timeline of key dates associated with the ARP Act funding.
This resource highlights how ARP Act Discretionary Supplemental funds can be used to help more families afford quality child care.
This resource provides an overview of administrative caps and allowable uses for each funding stream for CCDF Lead Agencies.
This document shows how Lead Agencies can address current challenges and move toward rebuilding a better child care system.
This brief helps Lead Agencies address their administrative needs, especially as related to the COVID-19 funding packages.
This brief assists Lead Agencies in considering ways to track existing CCDF funding and the three child care relief funding packages.
This resource provides a list of recommended activities that Lead Agencies should consider when deciding how to use supplemental discretionary funds.
The webinar highlighted North Carolina Lead Agency staff's program integrity strategies to implement CCDF COVID-19 emergency programs.
This Information Memorandum provides Tribal Lead Agencies with guidance on disscretionary supplemental funds available via the ARP Act.
Profiles of Innovation
This resource series highlights CCDF Lead Agencies' implementation of innovative initiatives aligned with recovery priorities.
This Profile of Innovation describes Idaho’s approach to address the school-age learning gap and learning loss as well as behavioral health supports.
This profile describes Kentucky's experience addressing the cost of child care and supporting providers in delivering high-quality child care services.
This profile describes Nevada's effort to meet the increased demand due to COVID-19 staff shortages and to support engagement in professional development.
The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department worked in partnership with external fiscal consultants to develop a robust alternative methodology.
This Profile of Innovation describes state strategies addressing social-emotional and mental health needs of children and families during the pandemic.
This Profile of Innovation highlights innovative strategies that CCDF Lead Agencies are leading to support the needs of the OST workforce.
This profile describes Wisconsin’s Partner Up! and Dream Up! grant programs under Project Growth.
Implementation Guidance for Strategic Planning
The following Information can help Lead Agencies take a systems approach to optimizing increased funding, helping address the complexities of long-term systemic change and impact.
This tool helps Lead Agencies improve their child care systems and provides information on planning with engagement, implementation, and documentation.
This guide can help CCDF Administrators with systems-building initiatives and provides practical examples and links to resources.
A resource to help CCDF Lead Agencies identify ways to use the ARP Act CCDF discretionary supplemental funds to support their infant/toddler systems.
This toolkit provides an overview of key communication concepts and strategies to help (CCDF Lead Agencies develop effective communication plans for the ARP Act discretionary supplemental funds. It also offers a message building tool for tailoring messages to their target audience.
This tip sheet introduces key communication concepts that will help Lead Agencies use supplemental CCDF discretionary funds effectively.
This tool provides strategies to create effective messaging on the use of supplemental funding for each segment of a target audience.
Communications to Grantees
The following resources focus on vaccines for staff, ways to address the workforce shortage, and administrative costs.
The Office of Child Care sent this letter to CCDF Lead Agencies, encouraging them to require that all child care program staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
This letter from the Office of Early Childhood Development encourages Lead Agencies to use ARP Act and PDG funds to address the ECE workforce shortage.
This resource provides an overview of administrative caps and allowable uses for each funding stream for state, territory, and Tribal CCDF Lead Agencies.