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CCDF Governance and Leadership

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The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program is state-operated and county-administered in 12 States: CA, CO, GA, MN, NC, ND, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WI; and the District of Columbia.

Early childhood professionals (such as child care providers, teachers, consultants) receive federal and state funding to provide a variety of services to children in low-income working families.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies are encouraged to coordinate the delivery of child care, early childhood, and school-age services.

High-quality prekindergarten programs serve as building blocks for children’s education and help prepare young children for school.

Federal, State, and Territory governments have engaged in numerous efforts to create a more cohesive early care and education system for children and families. This has resulted in States and Territories creating different governance structures to meet the unique needs of their populations.

Early childhood/school-age coordination plans and designated entities responsible for program coordination within a State/Territory can help Child Care and Development (CCDF) Lead Agencies better coordinate funds and service delivery.