Quality Improvement Resource Page

Smiling toddler girl eatingThe Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) final rule outlines regulations for implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 and administering the CCDF program. The final rule requires all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) grantees to spend a percentage of their total CCDF expenditure on quality improvement activities. These are described as “activities designed to improve the quality of child care services and increase parental options for, and access to high-quality child care.” (45 C.F.R. § 98.83(g)(1)). Quality funds must be used to carry out quality improvement activities for at least 1 of the 10 following allowable quality improvement activities:

  • Training and professional development
  • Early learning and development guidelines
  • Tiered quality rating and improvement system
  • Quality and supply of infant/toddler services
  • Child care resource and referral services
  • Licensing and health and safety requirements
  • Quality evaluation
  • Accreditation
  • High-quality program standards relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and physical development
  • Other measurable quality activities as determined by the AI/AN Lead Agency (such as consumer education activities and services to support AI/AN language and culture)

This resource page provides resources from the Tribal Child Care Capacity Building Center related to enhancing the quality of child care.