Ensure Grantee Program Integrity and Accountability
Lead Agencies are responsible for the following:
✔️ Monitoring programs and services
✔️ Ensuring compliance with the rules of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program
✔️ Promulgating rules and regulations to govern the overall administration of the CCDF program as described in the CCDF Plan
✔️ Overseeing the expenditure of funds, including by subgrantees (subrecipients) and contractors
In many states, the CCDF Administrator is not directly responsible for or involved in funding decisions, fiscal reporting requirements, or CCDF program integrity and fraud prevention activities.  However, the CCDF Administrator may be asked to provide information about these functions to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) or state staff, and to provide the links, connections, and coordination needed to ensure that they take place. Ensuring Lead Agency (grantee) accountability is critical to guaranteeing that high-quality services are delivered to the children and families with low-incomes for whom the assistance is intended.
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 CCDF regulations define state as follows: “any of the states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and includes tribes unless otherwise specified” [Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.2 (2016)]. For ease of reading, the term state is used inclusively throughout this resource unless otherwise specified.