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Coordination with CCR&R Systems

CCR&R agencies, networks, and systems have supported state in many ways. The following are examples of how CCR&R agencies may provide important connections to local communities:

  1. Engaging families with consumer education and information about child care financial assistance (subsidy); and
  2. Engaging child care providers in order to disseminate information about the availability of child care, including information about the quality of care (where that information is available).
  3. Provide training and technical assistance for child care providers.
  4. Promote and assist child care providers to meet higher quality levels.

In addition, in some states, CCR&R agencies also administer the CCDF child care financial assistance or other services (such as child care provider training, communicating with providers following disaster, or administering quality improvement grants).

CCDF Reauthorization Frequently Asked Questions states the following:

states may use CCDF funds to establish or support a system of local or regional CCR&Rs that is coordinated, to the extent determined appropriate by the state, by a statewide public or private nonprofit, community-based or regionally based, lead CCR&R organization. If a state uses funds for a system of local or regional CCR&Rs, the CCR&Rs must:

  1. Provide parents with consumer education about the full range of child care options, analyzed by provider, including child care provided during nontraditional hours and through emergency child care centers;
  2. Work directly with families that receive CCDF assistance to help and support them as they decide on a child care provider, to the extent practicable;
  3. Collect data and provide information on the coordination of services and supports, including services under section 619 (Preschool Grants) and part C (Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);
  4. Collect data and provide information on the supply and demand for child care and submit this information to the state;
  5. Establish partnerships to increase supply and quality of child care in the state; and
  6. Coordinate activities with the state and local lead agencies, as appropriate.