Child Care State Capacity Building Center

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) works with State and Territory leaders and their partners to create innovative early childhood systems and programs that improve results for children and families. Its priorities are enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and improving the quality and affordability of child care services that meet the needs of low-income working parents. SCBC focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund, improving the quality and affordability of child care services that meet the needs of low-income working parents. Guiding principles include the following:

  • Effective State-level technical assistance establishes credibility and expertise, builds partnerships, and develops systemic capacity from Child Care and Development Fund Administrators to child care providers.
  • Context matters. Effective capacity building requires understanding and respecting each organization's history, values, and vision.

Services are available through the teams of the SCBC: Intensive Capacity Building Network; Infant/Toddler Specialist Network; CCDF Special Projects; Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery; State Systems Specialist Network; and Consumer Education and ChildCare.gov.

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Featured Consumer Education Resources pages feature resources from the 2019 Consumer Education Webinar Series, including the Consumer Education Resource Guides. Also provided are resources to guide CCDF Lead Agencies in reaching families and the public, and those related to using data to inform consumer education efforts.

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Office of Child Care Spanish Language Glossary provides consistent terminology for translating child care materials from English into Spanish.

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The OCC Systems Building Resource Guide is designed to provide an overview of key system-building issues to support Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Administrators (SAs) in pursuing system-building initiatives.

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The Infant/Toddler Resource Guide offers a host of materials to support the development and implementation of policies and practices for high-quality care for infants and toddlers.