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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.
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.
This Practice Brief, the fourth in a periodic series published by the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), was developed following a Peer Learning Community (PLC) designed to strengthen workforce systems to advance both individual career development and program quality.
This FAQ document is designed for summer program providers that serve children from low-income families and may be interested in serving families who use child care subsidies, but are not overly familiar with CCDF.
Summer learning is a key solution to closing academic and opportunity gaps that affect many communities across the country. When children continue to learn during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and smarter, and their schools and communities are more successful.
Over the past eight years, states have made considerable progress in lowering error rates and reducing improper payments in their child care programs. In their State Improper Payments Reports (ACF-404), states share practices that have helped reduce errors, particularly those that lead to improper payments. This brief summarizes practices that states have cited as being most successful.
This issue brief provides a summary of the increasingly robust research base on key characteristics of high quality programs and the resulting child outcomes. It also refers to the many valid and reliable measures that exist to examine program effectiveness, including the California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project.