Alternative Methodologies

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This working tool will help Lead Agencies customize a plan and timeline for data gathering to inform provider rate setting.

This document outlines the steps a Lead Agency must complete in conducting a market rate survey or approved alternative methodology and the narrow cost analysis. A checklist is provided to guide the process from stakeholder engagement through the posting of the detailed written report.

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department worked in partnership with external fiscal consultants to develop a robust alternative methodology, incorporating a cost study and development of a cost estimation model.

This infographic explains the data that a state or territory must gather and post as part of its Equal Access plan and for rate setting.

This resource discusses the use of administrative data in conducting market rate surveys, highlighting considerations for CCDF Lead Agencies in selecting administrative data for their market rate surveys.


This PowerPoint was used in a STAM 2019 presentation on the data needed by a lead agency for the rate setting process.