Protection for Working Families

In their CCDF Plans, states are required to describe how they will support and protect working families through specific strategies. Many of these strategies involve eligibility determination and redetermination policies. (Note: Section 5 addresses additional supports necessary to promote stable child care financial assistance for families and continuity of care for children.)

To support the continuity of care for children, states are required to describe the strategies they will use to ensure stable child care financial assistance for families.  These strategies include providing a minimum 12-month eligibility period for families receiving child care services through CCDF; allowing continued child care assistance for a reasonable period, if a parent needs to look for a job or resume education; taking into account fluctuating earnings of parents throughout the year, when making eligibility determinations; and providing a graduated phase-out of assistance, to promote a transition out of the child care subsidy program.


[1] CCDBG Act of 2014 658E(c)(2)(N); Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.21 (2016).