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National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability

The National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (SIAC) provides technical assistance to Child Care and Development Fund programs in developing child care subsidy systems that are child-focused, family-friendly, and fair to providers. SIAC works with grantees to help them reach goals related to subsidy eligibility, integrating quality and subsidy, strengthening program integrity, payment rules, rate setting, and other policies and practices that support providing high-quality care to more children from low-income families.

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The Grantee Internal Controls Self-Assessment Instrument assists grantees in assessing how well their policies and procedures meet CCDF's regulatory requirements in the areas of program integrity and financial accountability.

The Market Rate Survey Series consists of briefs addressing topics to include: planning a market rate survey, data sources, designing and conducting the survey, analyzing the results, and reporting and using results.

The State Median Income and Federal Poverty Level Calculation Tool assists states and territories with calculating annual and monthly SMI estimates and FPL levels for determining income eligibility and family copayments for their child care subsidy programs. 

Criminal background check resources are available that break down the requirements into easier to understand language.

Guidance on Estimating and Reporting the Costs of Child Care aims to support Lead Agencies and their partners as they create cost estimates, prepare detailed reports, and use cost estimates to inform their rate setting.

Financing and Budgeting for Early Care and Education Facilities provides information about how to budget for and secure funds to purchase and maintain quality facilities. State leaders will find this guidebook a helpful resource to pass along to child care programs in their States. This guide supports leaders in being innovative in acquiring unique sources of funds to make improvements to existing facilities or to build new ones.

Promoting Partnerships in Tribal Programs highlights areas in which CCDF and Head Start and Early Head Start policies closely align and can support partnerships in tribal communities. It reflects changes that are required under the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 and new regulations specific to Tribal Lead Agencies receiving medium and large CCDF allocations (those receiving $250,000 or more) and the requirements outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards.

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This document includes an overview and instructions for using the Fraud Risk Assessment Tool, provided by the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA). The Fraud Risk Assessment Tool is designed for Lead Agencies.

These slides accompanied a national webinar about the use of alternative methodologies and narrow cost analyses to inform Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidy payment rates within the context of equal access.

Affordable co-payments are an important component of equal access. The cost of child care can be a significant barrier for low-income families to access child care.

The Grantee Internal Controls Self-Assessment Instrument (Instrument) is designed to assist grantees in assessing how well their policies and procedures meet the Child Care and Development Fund's (CCDF) regulatory requirements in the areas of program integrity and financial accountability.

This document contains instructions for the State Median Income (SMI) and Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Calculation Tool.

The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) is developing a series of briefs to address topics related to market rate surveys.

The Cost Estimation Tool for Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership Services is designed to help EHS-CC Partnership grantees and their child care partners plan for the cost of delivering comprehensive Early Head Start (EHS) serv

This guidance aims to support Lead Agencies and their partners as they create cost estimates, prepare detailed reports, and use cost estimates to inform their rate setting.

This document highlights areas in which CCDF and Head Start and Early Head Start policies closely align and can support partnerships in tribal communities.

On October 19, 2017 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted a webinar facilitated by colleagues from the National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability and the Child Care State Capacity Building Center.  During this interactive session, pa

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