Update: June 21 at 5 p.m.: A final pre-print has been released and can be seen here, changes from the earlier pre-print are noted in this red-lined final pre-print document.
Update: June 13 at 5 p.m.: The federal Office of Child Care at the Administration for Children and Families has extended the date for the submission of state plans for CCDBG to August 31, which provides more time for the plans to reflect the availability of the new CCDBG funds.
Stakeholder feedback is now being solicited in all 50 states on the 2019-2021 Child Care Development Block grant (CCDBG) also known as also known as Child Care Development Fund (CCDF). The Child Care Development Block grant provides federal funding to states so that low-income adults can secure quality, developmentally appropriate care for their children, ages birth to 13, while they pursue the careers needed to build and maintain a healthy life at home.
Every three years, states agencies submit a plan to the Federal Office of Child Care (which oversees the program) and describe details of their state’s implementation plan in order to receive the federal funds. We have heard from some states that the deadline is expected to be extended to August 31st for state plans, and that the draft plan pre-print has been finalized, so that states will now have a complete plan print to work from. We still await further confirmation from the Office of Child Care website.
For parents, these plans’ details can be extremely important as they address issues such as who is eligible for funding, how parents can learn about available programs, and the level of subsidy they will be provided.
For programs, these plans can be the difference between them being able to open their doors to participate and accept children supported with CCDF funds or having to close their doors to the federal program due to barriers to participation such as unrealistic reimbursement rates, costs, training or other compliance requirements.
The plans include elements of health and safety, background checks including the process and cost burdens, the amount paid to providers and the process and time-scale of paid reimbursement, the expectations for program staff, the resources available to support staff career development, and the trainings offered.
For the afterschool community, these plans present a large opportunity to advocate for the 35 percent or more of youth served with CCDBG funding that are school aged — usually ages 5 or 6 to 13 — depending on the definition in the state.
Here are three important areas of the state-level plans for providers to be aware of as the process continues:
Other: Also in the plan you can see what your states is doing around health and nutrition, physical activity, social and emotional learning, and other optional areas.
For a more detailed explanation of where to look in your state’s plan for opportunities, see our opportunities for school age programs guide here and some scans of draft plans in three states here. For an example of comments on state child care plans, see Virgina's response here.
Also, don’t forget some more good news: for the FY 18 Federal Budget appropriation, Congress substantially increased the funding for CCDBG programs, to meet more need across the nation. As a result, states now also have the opportunity to spend more money on areas like broadening access, increasing provider rates, building out quality, or other activities. Arkansas for example, used their increase to open up enough slots to serve the 2,000 infants and youth who had been long awaiting access on their child care waitlist. A huge win for children and families in that state.
Your voice as an advocate for the children who access these programs is important to state decision-making – we hope those who can will reach out to the department responsible for CCDBG funding in their states and provide their perspective today!
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