Ensure Equal Access to Child Care for Low-Income Children
This part includes an overview of grants and contracts, market rate survey and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) pre-approved alternative methodology requirements, setting payment rates, and timely payments to providers. To learn more click on the drop downs found under the main headings.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 specified dates when certain provisions were effective and allowed time for Lead Agencies to implement the new requirements:
- Monitoring, including annual inspections of Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) providers, became effective on November 19, 2016.
- Posting results of monitoring and inspection reports became effective on November 19, 2017.
- Comprehensive background checks (CBCs) became effective on September 30, 2017 (further clarification provided in Section 6).
- Where the Act did not specify a date, the statutory requirements became effective upon the date of enactment (November 19, 2014), and States had until September 30, 2016 to implement them.