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Care and Development Block Grant
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
42 U.S.C. 9858; Child Care and Development Block Grant
Act of 1990; Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
of 1996, Public Law 104-193; Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Public Law 105-33;
Consolidated Appropriations Act.
To make grants to States and Tribes to assist low-
income families with child care and to: (1) Allow each State maximum
flexibility in developing child care programs and policies that best suit the
needs of children and parents within State; (2) promote parental choice to
empower working parents to make their own decisions on the child care that
best suits their family's needs; (3) encourage States to provide consumer
education information to help parents make informed choices about child care;
(4) assist States to provide child care to parents trying to achieve
independence from public assistance; and (5) assist States in implementing the
health, safety, licensing, and registration standards established in State
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Lead agencies shall assure that a substantial portion of the Discretionary
Funds will be used to provide assistance to low-income working families. Not
more than five percent of the aggregate amount of funds expended by the State
may be expended for administrative costs incurred by the State to carry out
all of its functions and duties. The term `administrative costs' does not
include the costs of providing direct services. A State shall use not less
than 4 percent of the amount of funds to improve child care quality and
availability including comprehensive consumer education, activities to
increase parental choice, and other activities such as resource and referral
services, provider grants and loans, monitoring and enforcement of
requirements, training and technical assistance, and improved compensation for
child care staff. Except for approved construction of child care facilities by
tribal grantees, no CCDF funds may be used for the purchase or improvement of
land, or for the purchase, construction, or permanent improvement of any
building or facility (other than for minor remodeling and for upgrading
facilities to meet State and local child care standards.) Certain amounts of
discretionary funds must be used for specific purposes: quality expansion;
infant and toddler quality improvement; and child care resource and referral
and school-age child care activities. A portion of funds is designated for the
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to carry-out research,
demonstration, and evaluation projects. In the 2001, Consolidated
Appropriations Act, Congress directs that the funds must be used to
supplement, not supplant, State general revenue funds for child care
assistance for low-income families.
Applicant Eligibility: All States, the District of
Columbia, Territories (Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands,
and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), federally recognized Tribal
Governments, Tribal organizations, Alaska Native organizations, and Native
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Beneficiary Eligibility: Children under age 13
(or, at the option of the grantee, up to age 19, if physically or mentally
incapable of self-care or under court supervision), who reside with a family
whose income does not exceed 85 percent of the State median income for a
family of the same size, and who reside with a parent (or parents) who is
working or attending job training or educational program; or are in need of,
or are receiving protective services.
Credentials/Documentation: Grantees (States,
Territories, Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Alaskan Native Organizations)
must operate under a Health and Human Services (HHS) plan, and must certify
compliance with all Federal regulations governing the payments under the Child
Care and Development Fund.
Pre-application Coordination: The Chief Executive
Officer of each grantee must designate a Lead Agency, the duties of which
shall include developing a plan. In conjunction with the development of the
plan, the lead agency must hold at least one public hearing after at least 20
days of statewide public notice, to allow the public an opportunity to comment
on the provision of child care services under the plan. In advance of the
hearing, the lead agency must make the content of the plan available to the
public. The lead agency must also coordinate the provision of services under
the program with other Federal, State, and local child care and early
childhood development programs. Also, the lead agency must consult with
appropriate representatives of units of general purpose local government. This
program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: The Lead Agency of each
State, Territorial or Tribal Government desiring to receive an allotment for a
fiscal year is required to submit a two-year plan to the Secretary of Health
and Human Services (HHS). Each plan must contain certifications and assurances
by the Chief Executive Officer of the Lead Agency that it will comply with the
requirements of the Child Care and Development Fund and the applicable
regulations. The plan must also contain information that includes: the
provision of assurances regarding policies and procedures as stated in Section
658E(c)(2) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 as
amended; an outline of the intended use of block grant funds; the provision of
certification regarding payment rates as stated in Section 658E(c)(4) of the
Child Care and Development Block Grant Act; and the establishment of a sliding
fee scale. Additional requirements are specified by 45 CFR Parts 98 and 99.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A- 110.
Award Procedure: Grants are awarded after the
receipt and approval of the plan by the Administration for Children and
Deadlines: Contact Headquarters Office listed
below for deadline dates.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: The
Department will review the plans for approval and will act on the plans within
Appeals: Guidelines for appeals of disapprovals
for State, Territorial, and Tribal Government plans are specified in
regulations, 45 CFR 99.
Renewals: Plans for States, Territories, Tribes,
and tribal organizations must be submitted every 2 years.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Allocations for
States are based on a formula that takes into account the number of children
below the age of 5, the number of children receiving assistance through the
School Lunch Program in the State and per capita income. Not more than 2
percent of the total Discretionary funds of the Child Care and Development
Fund are reserved for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Alaska Native
organizations and not more than one-half of 1 percent of the total funds is
reserved for the Territories. (Puerto Rico is treated as a State for allotment
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Grant
awards are made to Lead Agencies with approved plans. Grantees must obligate
all Discretionary funds in the fiscal year in which they are granted or in the
succeeding fiscal year. Those funds must be liquidated in the third year.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: As specified in 45 CFR Part 98, States must
report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) annually aggregate
data on families, children in care, providers, payment methods, and consumer
education. Quarterly case-level reports are required to provide data on
families, children, and providers, and expenditure information.
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB
Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), Audits of States, Local
Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend
financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single
or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that
expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal
audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Further auditing may be necessary.
Records: Proper grant accounting records must be
Account Identification: 75-1515-0-1-609.
Obligations: (Grants and Contracts) FY 01
$4,567,000,000; FY 02 est $4,817,000,000; and FY 03 est $4,817,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
For States, including DC and Puerto Rico, the range of grants in FY 2015 is: $ 3,115,679 to $266,922,348 ; the average grant is $44,698,904 . For 260 Tribal grantees, the range of grants in FY 2015 is: $23,888 to $5,796,311; the average grant is $462,644. For the four Territories, the range of grants in FY 2015 is $1,992,335 to $4,589,112 ; the average grant is $3,043,750. These figures are not inclusive of funds received through CFDA 93.596.
In fiscal year 2001, 350 grants were awarded. These were formula grants to
States, Territories, and Tribes. It is anticipated that 360 grants will be
awarded in fiscal year 2002 and 360 grants in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
These funds are subject to the Child Care and Development Fund Final Rule,
issued July 24, 1998.
Regional or Local Office:
See Regional Agency Offices. Region I (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT):
Shireen Riley, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, Boston Regional Office, JFK Federal Building,15 New Sudbury Street, Rm. 2000, Boston, MA 02203. Telephone: (617) 565-1152.
Region II (NJ, NY):
Magdamari Marcano, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care , New York Regional Office, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 4114, New York, NY 10278. Telephone: (212) 264- 2890.
Region III (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV):
Beverly Wellons, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, Philadelphia Regional Office, Public Ledger Building ,150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 864, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-3499. Telephone: (215) 861- 4020.
Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN):
Eric R. Blanchette, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care , Atlanta Regional Office, 61 Forsyth Street, Suite 4M60, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8909. Telephone: (404) 562- 2782.
Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI):
Kathleen Penak, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, Chicago Regional Office, 233 N. Michigan Ave. - Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 886- 3270.
Region VI (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX):
Gwendolyn Jones, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, Dallas Regional Office, 1301 Young Street, Room 945, Dallas, TX 75202. Telephone: (214) 767- 3849.
Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE):
Doris Hallford, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, Kansas City Regional Office, Rm. 349, 601 E 12 St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Telephone: (816) 426-2236.
Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY):
Karen Knoll-Moran, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of child Care , Denver Regional Office, South Terrace,999 18th Street, Suite 499, Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80294. Telephone: 303-844- 1164.
Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV):
Abby Cohen, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, San Francisco Regional Office, 90 7th Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Telephone: (415) 437-7579.
Region X (AK, ID, OR, WA):
Paul Noski, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, Seattle Regional Office, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1510, M/S 74, Seattle, WA 98104. Telephone (206) 615-2609.
Abdihakin Abdi Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C ST, SW
, Washington , District of Columbia 20201 Email: Abdihakin.Abdi@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-401-9235
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
The funds are block-granted to States which, through their appointed Lead
Agencies, make many of the decisions about priorities, policies, and
expenditures in achieving goals related to improved family access to quality
child care. States must spend 70 percent of their CCDF monies to provide child
care services for families on or transitioning off Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF) or at-risk of welfare dependency. In addition, they are
required to commit at least four percent of their funds to activities such as
consumer education, resource and referral services, provider training, and
caregiver recruitment designed to improve child care availability and quality.
Earmarks designated for quality, infant and toddler care, resource and
referral, and school-age care further support State efforts to improve child
care access and quality.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: