CCDF Payment Rates - Understanding the 75th Percentile

The CCDBG Act requires Lead Agencies to certify that rates are sufficient to ensure eligible children have equal access to child care services comparable to those in State or local sub-markets provided to children who are not eligible to receive CCDF or other Federal or State child care assistance. The benchmark for equal access established by the ACF Office of Child Care (OCC) is the 75th percentile of the current child care market. OCC considers payment rates set at the 75th percentile or higher as providing equal access. This brief assists in understanding the 75th percentile.

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