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State CCDF Plans: Improving Access to Highh-Quality Child Care for Homeless Familiies

Greetings colleagues:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently released information on how states plan to serve homeless children and their families under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program.

About the CCDF Program


The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 reauthorized the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program. The CCDF Program provides funds to states to help low-income families pay for child care while a parent works or is in an educational or job training program. The reauthorized law included important new provisions related to serving young children experiencing homelessness. Changes included the establishment of a grace period for the provision of needed documentation for homeless children, and the establishment of a homeless data point to track how young homeless children are served by the CCDF Program. The reauthorized law also authorizes the usage of funds for assisting with the enrollment process of young homeless children while needed documentation is obtained, providing training on identifying and serving homeless children, and conducting specific outreach to homeless families.

Visit the NCHE CCDBG Act webpage.

CCDF State Plans: Improving Access to High-Quality Child Care for Homeless Families



The CCDBG Act requires states to submit plans that serve as the application for CCDF funds by providing a description of, and assurance about, the grantee’s child care program and all services available to eligible families. A new ACF webpage provides access to approved state CCDF plans for the FY-2016-2018 period, effective from June 1, 2016, through September 30, 2018, while a new ACF chart compiles CCDF state plan excerpts describing how each state will work to improve access to high-quality child care for homeless families.
Visit the Approved CCDF Plans (FY 2016-2018) webpage.
Download CCDF State Plan Excerpts from: Section 3.2.2. Improving Access to High Quality Child Care for Homeless Families.

Refresher: CCDF Final Regulations (September 2016)

In September 2016, HHS released a Final Rule (Regulations) for the CCDF Program, including additional information on how states must work to improve access to child care for homeless children and their families.
Download the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program Final Rule (references to homeless children and families highlighted by NCHE)
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Best regards,

Christina Dukes, Federal Liaison
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
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