Payment Practices

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This guide outlines strategies for increasing reliable subsidy revenue for providers. Strategies include payment by enrollment, flexible attendance policies, and paying prospectively.

Tribal Lead Agencies are required to establish payment rates for child care services that ensure eligible families have equal access to child care services comparable to those services provided to families not eligible to receive CCDF services.

This webinar provides a brief overview of how the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) can be used for a narrow cost analysis or to estimate program costs associated with various policy decisions. The focus is on the Lead Agency steps for internal use of the PCQC, including:

This webinar, Supporting Reliable Subsidy Revenue for Child Care Providers While Maintaining Program Integrity, will help Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies understand the requirements and flexibilities within strategies that promote provider- friendly payment policies. Paying...

This webinar, Increasing Subsidy Payments and Setting Rates, Including Cost of Care: Requirements and Options, will help Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies understand the requirements and options for including cost-of-care information when setting subsidy rates.

This implementation guide outlines strategies for using contracts for direct service child care slots.

This office hours session will provide information on recruiting providers in all categories of care and discuss the flexibility of building the supply of care through certificates/vouchers or contracts and grants, etc.

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.


Action is needed to ensure that family child care remains a strong, healthy component of the early childhood education system.