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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 Cost Estimation Tool for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) Services is designed to help EHS-CCP grantees and their child care partners plan for the cost of delivering comprehensive Early Head Start (EHS) services to children enrolled in child care homes and centers.

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.

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When the demand for child care assistance is greater than available funds, the State may need to manage enrollment in the child care subsidy program.

Approaches to managing wait lists vary. For example, some Lead Agencies complete comprehensive eligibility determinations prior to placing families onto the waiting list.

This resource highlights key requirements of the criminal background check requirements from the CCDBG Act of 2014 and the CCDF Final Rule. 

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This practice brief, Promising Practices for Out-of-School Time Licensing and License-Exempt Systems, shares emerging strategies and promising practices on preparation and supportive policies for providers, PD require­ments, and license-exempt monitoring.  It features state examples from Minnesota and New Hampshire and insights on OST licensing.

The National Program Integrity Webinar Series highlights grantee actions that ensure internal controls and fraud prevention in their child care programs.

Young children experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable. This brief discusses requirements in the CCDBG Act and CCDF Final Rule regarding homelessness, and explores policy and practice options for Lead Agencies.

This brief summarizes the error rate data for the 2016 federal fiscal year. It includes information about the national error rate, causes of improper errors, and States' strategies to reduce errors.

The National Program Integrity Webinar Series highlights grantee actions that ensure internal controls and fraud prevention in their child care programs.

The National Program Integrity Webinar Series highlights grantee actions that ensure internal controls and fraud prevention in their child care programs.

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The CCDBG Act of 2014 (the Act) requires States and Territory Lead Agencies to conduct comprehensive background checks for child care staff members and prospective employees every five years.

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