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Welcome to the Fundamentals of CCDF Administration

Welcome to the Fundamentals of CCDF Administration Resource Guide. This guide reflects the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) of 2014 and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) final rule. The guide addresses the requirements of the law and final rule and provides as much clarification as possible. The goal is to assist newer CCDF administrators and Lead Agency Administrators. The focus is on describing the basics of the law rather than interpreting the language.

The CCDBG Act of 2014 specified dates when certain provisions were effective. These dates allowed time to put new requirements in place:

  • Monitoring, including annual inspections of CCDF providers, became effective on November 19, 2016.
  • Posting results of monitoring and inspection reports became effective on November 19, 2017.
  • Criminal background checks became effective on September 30, 2017 (further clarification provided in Section 6).
  • Where no date was specified, the statutory requirements became effective on November 19, 2014. States had until September 30, 2016 to implement them.

The final rule provided more details and clarification on the law’s requirements. Though some provisions had a delayed statutory effective date. States were expected to be in full compliance by October 1, 2018.

Intended Users

The CCDF Fundamentals resource guide was created for CCDF Administrators. In some states, the CCDF Administrator handles all components of the CCDF program. Some states choose co-administrators or establish interdepartmental agreements with other agencies. These agencies can handle key components such as licensing administration. The contents are also applicable to lead agency administrators and key workforce, such as fiscal staff.

CCDF Administrators will find the website helpful for the following:

  • Providing introductory or refresher training
  • Training other Lead Agency staff; for example, quality, licensing, or subsidy staff
  • Working with the OCC regional office to receive new CCDF Administrator training. Child Care State Systems Specialists may also support this type of training opportunity
  • Tracking CCDF implementation effective dates
  • Searching for information on a specific CCDF administration topic
  • Providing training with collaborative partners. This includes partners like the States Advisory Council and agency staff in various state departments.

Note: Separate resources are available to support the work of American Indian and Alaska Native CCDF grantees. These are available on the Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System website.

Organization of Content

The following broad areas of focus comprise the major sections of the CCDF Fundamentals guide (displayed as main navigation, which appears below the search bar and above the sub-navigation menu):



Part 1. Introduction to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

Provides an overview of the basics of CCDF administration including CCDF history and purposes, key statutory provisions, federal contacts and regional map, terms, and acronyms. Responsibilities of Lead Agencies and the New CCDF Administrator Checklist are included in this section.

Part 2. Define CCDF Leadership and Coordination with Relevant Systems

Includes information to support the management of the various components of CCDF-funded activities and requirements, as well as coordination with other public and private partners. Emergency preparedness is also covered in this section.

Consumer Education and Child Development information

Part 3. Promote Family Engagement through Outreach and Consumer Education

Provides an overview of the requirements related to consumer and provider education information and interactions with parents to help them make the best child care choice for their families, including the requirement for a state consumer education website. Developmental assessments are included in this section.

Subsidy, Access and Accountability information

Part 4. Provide Stable Child Care Financial Assistance to Families

Contains an overview of CCDF requirements to provide more stable child care financial assistance to families on their path to financial stability, including extending children’s eligibility for child care regardless of temporary changes in parents’ earnings and work, training, or school schedules. Eligibility, parent fees, and increasing access are outlined in this section.

Subsidy, Access and Accountability information

Part 5. Ensure Equal Access to Child Care for Low-Income Children

Includes an overview of grants and contracts, market rate survey requirements, setting payment rates, and timely payments to providers.

Health and Safety and Continuous Quality Improvement information

Part 6. Establish Standards and Monitoring Processes to Ensure the Health and Safety of Child Care Settings

Contains information about licensing child care providers, including requirements, exemptions, and child-to-provider ratio and group size. This section includes information about monitoring, the child abuse reporting requirement, and criminal background checks. In addition, information is included about how families and providers can access the results of monitoring, inspections, and background checks.

Professional Development and Workforce information

Part 7. Recruit and Retain a Qualified and Effective Child Care Workforce

Describes requirements related to the professional development of the child care workforce and a discussion of early learning and development guidelines.

Health and Safety and Continuous Quality Improvement information

Part 8. Support Continuous Quality Improvement

Provides an overview of the requirements to improve the quality of child care services at the program level. Includes key elements of quality improvement, description of the funding requirements, and the options states and territories have for quality activities.

Subsidy, Access and Accountability information

Part 9. Ensure Grantee Program Integrity and Accountability

Includes information about funding and the use of funds, required reporting, accountability and program integrity, and waivers.