ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
42 U.S.C. 618; Social Security Act, as amended; Personal
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law
104-193; 42 U.S.C. 9858; Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990,
as amended; Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Public Law 105-33.
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 such 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 regulations.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
Formula Grants. Place Cursor Here for Definition
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
States must ensure that not less than 70 percent of the total amount of
Mandatory and Matching funds from the Child Care and Development Fund are used
to provide child care assistance to families who are receiving assistance
under a State program under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act as amended
by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of
1996, families who are attempting through work activities to transition off of
temporary assistance programs, and families who are at risk of becoming
dependent on temporary assistance programs. Not more than 5 percent of the
aggregate amount of funds used 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 the 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 of facilities to meet State and local
child care standards.)
Applicant Eligibility: All States, the District of
Columbia, Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Tribal organizations, and
Alaskan Native Corporations.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Children under age 13
(or up to age 19, if disabled 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 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,
Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Alaskan Native Organizations) must operate
under a plan approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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 that must be submitted with the application
for a grant. 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: Each State or Tribal
Government desiring to receive an allotment for a fiscal year is required to
submit a State or Tribal plan to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)
for a two-year period, as well as, financial and other information necessary
for the grants process. The plan must also include: the designation of a lead
agency; the provision of assurances regarding policies and procedures as
stated in Section 658E(c)(2) of the amended Child Care and Development Block
Grant Act of 1990; an outline of the proposed 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 an application and plan by the Administration for
Children and Families.
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 and Tribal Government plans are specified in regulations, 45 CFR
Renewals: Plans for States, Tribes, and tribal
organizations must be submitted every 2 years.
Formula and Matching Requirements: States will
receive an amount that is equal to the greater of Federal payments in FY 1994,
FY 1995, or the average of FY 1992-1994 for the former AFDC child care,
Transitional child care, and At-Risk child care programs. To access matching
funds, a State must obligate all of its mandatory funds allotted in a fiscal
year and maintain 100 percent of the State's share of expenditures for the
former programs in fiscal year 1994 or fiscal year 1995, whichever is greater.
Matching funds will be allotted based on the proportion of children under age
13 residing in the State and must be matched at the applicable FMAP rate. FMAP
is the Medicaid Program matching rate. Up to 2 percent of the total mandatory
and matching funds are reserved for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Native
Alaskan Corporations based on the number of children living on or near tribal
reservations or other appropriate area served by the tribal grantee. Tribes
are not required to provide matching funds.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Mandatory
State funds must be obligated by the end of the first fiscal year, only if
matching funds are requested. There is no limit on liquidation. Matching funds
must be obligated by the end of the first fiscal year and liquidated by the
2nd fiscal year. Maintenance of effort funds must be both obligated by the end
of the first fiscal year and expended in that fiscal year. Tribal funds must
be obligated by the end of the second fiscal year and liquidated by the end of
the third fiscal 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 on data on
families, children in care, providers, payment methods, and consumer
education. Quarterly 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) FY 01 $2,567,000,000; FY 02
est $2,717,000,000; and FY 03 est $2,717,000,000. (Training and Technical
Assistance) FY 01 $6,417,500; FY 02 est $6,792,500; and FY 03 est $6,792,500.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: Grants
are provided to States and Tribes through the Child Care Mandatory portion of
the CCDF. In fiscal year 2001, States received from $1,700,000 to $102,000,000
in Mandatory Funds for an average of $23,000,000. Tribes received on average,
$213,029 in Mandatory Funds. Matching funds are only available to States.
State matching fund amounts ranged from $1,900,000 to $179,000,000 and
In fiscal year 2001, 313 grants were awarded. It is estimated that 318 grants
will be awarded in fiscal year 2002 and 318 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: Persons are encouraged to
communicate with the ACF Regional Administrators. (See Appendix IV of Catalog
for addresses of Regional Offices.) Child Care Bureau, ACF. (202) 690-6782;
Fax (202) 690-5600.
Headquarters Office: Child Care Bureau,
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Administration for Children
and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: (202) 690-6782. Use same number for FTS.
Web Site Address: http//www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ccb.