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1 1 EEC Board Meeting May 10, 2011 Child Care Development Fund – State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013

2 2 CCDF State Plan Requirement Estimated CCDF Funding CCDF Eligibility Requirements and Flexible Administration CCDF Goals and Purposes CCDF Contents Key Policy Directions/Themes FY CCDF Plan: Next Steps and Submission Timeline Discussion Overview

3 3 CCDF State Plan Requirement In order to receive CCDF funds, Federal law requires all States to submit a State Plan every two years See 45 CFR Part 98.13(c); 98.17(a) The Lead Agency must submit a new State Plan prior to the expiration of the current Plan in order to continue receiving CCDF Funds See 45 CFR Part 98.17(b)

4 Estimated CCDF Funding EEC estimates that over $471 million in federal and state funds will be available for child care services in FY12. CCDF law places certain limitations and requirements on Lead Agencies charged with administering child care programs and services funded with federal funds. For example: At least 4% must be spent on activities to improve the quality of child care No more than 5% may be spent on administrative expenses Not less than 70% shall be used for families: (1) on TANF; (2) transitioning off TANF; or (3) at risk of receiving TANF Congressional earmarks require states to spend sum certain amounts on quality, in addition to the 4% requirement, on: Infant-Toddler activities General child care quality initiatives 4

5 CCDF Eligibility Requirements and Flexible Plan Administration Although Federal guidance grants great flexibility to States in the design and implementation of their CCDF State Plan, the regulations do contain certain minimum requirements For example, in order to be eligible for child care services funded by CCDF, a child must: be under 13 years of age, or under the age of 19 if special needs; must reside with a family whose income does not exceed 85% of the states median income; and must either reside with parent(s) who are working, or attending a job training or educational program, or are at risk of receiving protective services. 5

6 CCDF Goals and Purpose Federal law identifies 5 goals in creating the CCDF block grant: Allow each State maximum flexibility; Promote parental choice; Encourage States to provide consumer education to help parents make informed choices about child care; Assist States to provide child care to parents trying to achieve independence from public assistance; and Assist States in implementing the health, safety, licensing and registration established in federal regulations. Purpose of CCDF is to increase the availability, affordability and quality of child care by: Providing low-income families with the financial resources to find and afford quality child care Enhancing quality and increasing the supply of child care Providing parents with a broad range of options Strengthening the role of family Improving the quality and coordination of child care Increasing the availability of early childhood development programs and before/after school services 6

7 CCDF Contents Part 1: Administration 1.1. Contact Information 1.2. Estimated Funding 1.3. CCDF Program Integrity and Accountability 1.4. Consultation in the Development of the CCDF Plan 1.5. Coordination Activities to Support the Implementation of CCDF Services 1.6. Child Care Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan Part 2: CCDF Subsidy Program Administration 2.1. Administration of the Program 2.2. Family Outreach and Application Process 2.3. Eligibility Criteria for Child Care 2.4. Sliding Fee Scale and Family Contribution 2.5. Prioritizing Services for Eligible Children and Families 2.6. Parental Choice in Relation to Certificates, Grants or Contracts 2.7. Payment Rates for Child Care Services Part 3: Health and Safety and Quality Improvement Activities 3.1. Activities to Ensure the Health and Safety of Children in Child Care (Component #1) 3.2. Establishing Voluntary Early Learning Guidelines (Component #2) 3.3. Creating Pathways to Excellence for Child Care Programs through Program Quality Improvement Activities (Component #3) 3.4. Pathways to Excellence for the Workforce – Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (Component #4) 7

8 Whats New in the CCDF Plan Consolidated Format – from 6 to 3 Parts Effort to Improve National CCDF Reporting Responses seek more check boxes and less narrative Focus on Child Care Quality and CCDF Program Integrity Data and Performance Measure Reporting with Annual Updates on Goals E-Submission Process 8

9 Example of New Data and Performance Measures Part 3 of the Plan has been reorganized to emphasize self-assessment and intentional outcomes for States For each of the 4 Component Areas – Licensing, Early Learning Guidelines, Quality Rating and Improvement, and Professional Development, States must: Perform a Self-Assessment (what are we doing now) Identify data capabilities, performance measures, plans for on-going evaluation and goals for next biennium Report on Progress towards achieving goals annually 9

10 10 CCDF Plan: Next Steps and Submission Timeline April/ May Meetings – Initial Board Discussions Discuss plan with Planning & Evaluation Committee (PEC) Post Document to Board Website for full review Receive comments/ edits from PEC May 10 th Board Meeting - Board votes to put plan out for public comment End of May – Public Hearing(s) are to be held First Week of June– Summarize and review public comments and revise plan, as needed; post final draft to Board website in preparation of the June Board meeting June 14 th Board Meeting –Board votes to approve plan and authorize submission to ACF July 1 st – CCDF State Plan due to ACF

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