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Coordination with Partners to Expand Accessibility and Continuity of Care

Coordination has taken on new significance under the CCDBG Act. States must describe how they will coordinate child care services supported by CCDF with other federal, state, and local programs serving children. Coordination can help states reach goals related to expanding accessibility and continuity of care, such as the following:

  • Helping children receive full-day services
  • Extending the day or year of services
  • Enhancing and aligning the quality of services
  • Smoothing children’s transitions
  • Linking comprehensive services to children in child care settings
  • Increasing the supply of quality care for vulnerable populations

As outlined in CCDF regulations, Lead Agencies are required to do the following: [2]

✔️ Consult with appropriate representatives of general-purpose local government in the development of the CCDF Plan

✔️ Coordinate child care services funded under CCDF with other federal, state, and local child care and early childhood development programs (including programs for the benefit of American Indian and Alaska Native children, infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, children experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care) to expand accessibility and continuity of care as well as full-day services

Lead Agencies have the option to coordinate the provision of services with the state agencies that are responsible for the following:

  • Public health, including the agency responsible for immunizations
  • Employment services and workforce development
  • Public education, including agencies responsible for prekindergarten services, if available, and early intervention and preschool services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Parts B and C
  • Providing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Child care licensing
  • Head Start state collaboration offices
  • The State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care (designated under the Head Start Act)
  • The statewide afterschool network or coordination of out-of-school-time care (if applicable)
  • Emergency management and response
  • The Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)
  • Services for children experiencing homelessness, including state Coordinators of Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY Coordinators) and, to the extent practical, local liaisons designated by local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state as required by the McKinney-Vento Act and Continuum of Care grantees
  • Medicaid and the state children’s health insurance program
  • Mental health services
  • Child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&R), child care consumer education organizations, and providers of early childhood education training and professional development. [3]


[1] CCDBG Act of 2014 658E(c)(2)(O); Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.14(a)(1) (2016).

[2] Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.14 (2016).

[3] CCDBG Act of 2014 658E(c)(2)(E) Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.14 (2016).