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DC Child Care and Development Fund State Plan

[May 3, 2021] - The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning announces the proposed District of Columbia’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan (CCDF Plan) for the period Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2024. The CCDF provides resources to states to enable low-income families to work or pursue education and training so that they may better support their families while at the same time promoting the learning and development of their children. The proposed CCDF Plan explains how the District will use its CCDF dollars to meet the federal requirements.

Written comments on the draft CCDF Plan may be submitted at the public hearing or throughout the comment period. The hearing will be held virtually from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Register to attend the public hearing at: bit.ly/3edCKMf. All written comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Written comments submitted outside of the public hearing should be emailed to [email protected]. Parties can also submit comments via this Google form.

[Friday, Jan. 4, 2019] - OSSE received approval of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for the District of Columbia FFY 2019-2021. The CCDF State Plan outlines the District’s strategy for providing subsidized child care to low-income working parents and caregivers and those engaged in education and job training activities.

[Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018] - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Child Care (OCC) released the final State/Territory Child Care and Development Fund Preprint for FY 2019-2021 on Friday June 1, 2018. The final CCDF Plan Preprint and Program Instructions were posted to the OCC website on June 26. In addition, attached is an updated red-lined version of the Preprint.  

The OCC released the draft Preprint last December and states were directed to develop draft CCDF Plans using the draft Preprint. This final Preprint incorporates comments and recommendations received on the draft document released last December. Some of the key changes made in the final Preprint include:

  • Updated response options for states to report where implementation for a specific provision is “in progress”;
  • New Appendix section outlining the criminal background check waiver process; and
  • Clarification for responding to questions that apply to licensed child care facilities (centers and homes) and CCDF providers.

Due to the delayed release of the final Preprint, OCC has extended the deadline for states to submit its plan to Aug. 31, 2018. At the next SECDCC meeting, OSSE will provide a brief overview of the comments received on the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Draft Plan for the District of Columbia for the period of Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2021, and share highlights of changes made to the District’s Plan.

For more information, please contact Christina Crayton, early childhood education policy officer at [email protected].

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