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The Office of Child Care strongly recommends CCDF Lead Agencies use funds to expand access to high-quality child care by increasing the use of contracts or grants.
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program is the largest federal funding source for child care, with an investment of $8.1 billion in fiscal year 2019.
The Office of Inspector General's issue brief identifies a concern that if states set payment rates too low, families may not have access to child care providers.
Family-friendly policies offer parents financial stability and continuity in the care of children. They can also reduce the administrative burden for CCDF lead agencies.
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the largest national child care subsidy program used to support low-income families, yet these subsidies are only one part of the funding picture. In fact, more than 100 federal funding sources can be used to support out-of-school time care. Families and programs often rely on a variety of different public and private funds to make ends meet.