Frequently Used Terms and Acronyms

Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)–Created by the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1990. Funding began in FY 1991 to provide states and tribes the opportunity to increase the availability, affordability and quality of child care services.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)–Consolidated entitlement and discretionary child care funding program created in 1996 as a result of PRWORA. CCDF consists of discretionary funds authorized by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act and entitlement (or mandatory and matching) funds provided by the Social Security Act. (CCDF is the regulatory term and this language is not directly found in the statutes).

Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 – PL 104–193 (PRWORA)–Statutory provisions unified a fragmented child care subsidy system to form the Child Care and Development Fund. This replaced child care programs under title IV-A of the Social Security Act – AFDC Child Care, Transitional Child Care and At Risk Child Care and amended the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act to increased funding levels. Also repealed Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS), and Emergency Assistance (EA) and created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Native Employment Works (NEW).

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)–A comprehensive welfare reform program with time-limited assistance that focuses on moving recipients into work.


ACFAdministration for Children and Families
ACYFAdministration on Children, Youth, and Families
BIABureau of Indian Affairs
CACFPChild and Adult Care Food Program
CAPCorrective Action Plan
CBChildren’s Bureau
CCBChild Care Bureau (previous name for Office of Child Care)
CCDBGChild Care and Development Block Grant
CCDFChild Care and Development Fund
CCR&R/R&RChild Care Resource and Referral
CCTANChild Care Technical Assistance Network
CDBGCommunity Development Block Grant
CFRCode of Federal Regulations
DHHS/HHSDepartment of Health and Human Services
DRADeficit Reduction Act
ELACEarly Learning Advisory Council
EHSEarly Head Start
FEMAFederal Emergency Management Administration
FFY/FYFederal Fiscal Year
FOIAFreedom of Information Act
FPLFederal Poverty Level
GMIGrantee Median Income
HSHead Start
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
IHSIndian Health Service
IMInformation Memorandum
IPIAImproper Payment Information Act
ITInfant & Toddler
LALead Agency
MRSMarket Rate Survey
MOEMaintenance of Effort
NACCRRANational Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
NAEYCNational Association for the Education of Young Children
NARANational Association of Regulatory Administrators
NPRMNotice of Proposed Rule Making
OCCOffice of Child Care
OCSEOffice of Child Support Enforcement
OFAOffice of Family Assistance
OHSOffice of Head Start
OMBOffice of Management & Budget
PDProfessional Development
PIProgram Instruction
PIQPolicy Interpretation Question
PLPublic Law
QPRQuality Performance Report
QRISQuality Rating Improvement System
RFPRequest for Proposals
RPMRegional Program Manager
RTTRace to the Top
SAstate Administrator
SACSchool-Age Care
SACstate Advisory Council
SIDSSudden Infant Death Syndrome
SNAPSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SSBGSocial Services Block Grant
SMIstate Median Income
TATechnical Assistance
T&TATraining and Technical Assistance
TANFTemporary Assistance for Needy Families
TQRISTiered Quality Rating Improvement System
USDAUnited States Department of Agriculture