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. 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 families. 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 SCBC's Impact Capacity Building Network, Infant/Toddler Specialist Network, Intensive Technical Assistance Network, Special Projects Team, State Systems Specialist Network, and

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The Leadership and Management pages provide resources to help you learn more about leadership strategies that are accessible and actionable.

COVID-19 Resources lists resources related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 for CCDF Lead Agencies, children and families, and child care providers.

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.

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

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.

This Training on the Fundamentals of CCDF Administration is a 90-minute comprehensive, interactive resource for state, territory, and tribal administrators.

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.

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings provides a review of expulsion research, discusses dimensions of expulsion, and provides the Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool—a practical tool designed to support states and territories in designing and implementing a multifaceted policy approach to developing a continuum of supports for programs, families, and children.

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