Correction to Federal Register Links: FY 2026–2028 Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint Public Comment Period Now Open

Dear Colleagues, 

The Office of Child Care (OCC) is pleased to announce that the 60-day public comment period is now open in the Federal Register for the fiscal year (FY) 2026–2028 Tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan Preprint. Starting July 2, 2024, you can access the draft FY 2026–2028 Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint on the Office of Child Care website and in the Federal Register Notice (FRN) available here (corrected link).

Background on Tribal CCDF Plan Process

The first draft of the next Plan Preprint document is now open for public comments. Following this 60-day comment period, OCC will review the comments received, revise the document, and submit a second draft for a 30-day public comment period. OCC anticipates the release of the final draft early in the 2025 calendar year. Tribes must submit a CCDF Plan every three years as an application for CCDF Funds. 

OCC encourages Tribal Lead Agencies, Tribal Nations, and interested audiences to share this draft Plan for thoughtful feedback on the content and structure of the draft Plan Preprint. OCC encourages suggestions on ways that it can be changed to better support Tribal planning, program implementation, and improvement. 

Overview of FY 2026–2028 Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint 
Information collected in the Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint is required by statute or rule (45 CFR 98.13–98.16), and the Plan serves as both a compliance document and an opportunity for Tribes to explore their vision and plans for their CCDF program for the next three-year period. 

The draft FY 2026–2028 Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint maintains some elements of the FY 2023–2025 Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint, including the seven-section structure. However, changes were made to significantly reduce the burden to Tribal Lead Agencies in completing the plan. Many of these changes are in response to helpful feedback provided by Tribes as part of the Tribal Request for Information (RFI): Meeting the Child Care Needs in Tribal Nations process last year. 

Key changes include:

  • The 2026-2028 Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint has 34% fewer questions than the previous Plan Preprint.
  • The 2026-2028 Tribal CCDF Plan reduced questions needing a written response by 60% and increased questions that need a certification or yes/no response by 146%.
  • Language in the Plan Preprint has been revised to emphasize equity and inclusion.
  • Question order and skip patterns have been improved to ease the burden on Tribal staff filling out the Plan.
  • Questions not specifically tied to a statute or rule have been removed.

For a copy of the Draft FY 2026-2028 Tribal CCDF Plan, please visit this website.

Register for Webinar

OCC will host a webinar on Friday, July 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET to outline the draft Plan Preprint and provide information on how to submit public comments. A recording of the webinar will be available after the event. You can register for the webinar here.

Support for CCDF Plan Development and Submission
OCC is committed to supporting Tribal Lead Agencies throughout their CCDF Plan development process. A variety of training and resources will be available in the coming months in preparation for the submission deadline of July 1, 2025.

This FRN is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), which requires federal agencies to receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)/Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for any information collection that will ask the same question of ten or more persons, including key audiences. The PRA process includes the publication of an initial FRN allowing 60 days for public comments on the initial Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint for information collection, the publication of a second FRN allowing 30 days for public comment on the final proposed information collection, and review and approval by OMB/OIRA. Tribal Lead Agencies, Tribes, and other interested parties have 60 days to make formal comments. 

The public comment period will end on September 3, 2024. 

Please refer to the Federal Register publication here (corrected link) for instructions on how to submit comments. 

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