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Child Care and Development Fund Reauthorization

Child Care and Development Fund Reauthorization

Background

On November 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law.  This reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. The new law makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them

[1] US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ/ccdf-reauthorization

he Reauthorization of CCDF and the supporting State Plan Preprint covers the following categories: 

  1. CCDF Leadership and Coordination with Early Childhood Systems
  2. Promoting Family Engagement through Outreach and Consumer Education
  3. Providing Stable Child Care Financial Assistance
  4. Ensure Equal Access to High Quality Child Care for Low Income Families
  5. Establish Standards and Monitoring Processes to ensure Health and Safety of Child Care Settings
  6. Recruit and Retain Qualified and Effective Child Care Workforce
  7. Support Continuous Quality Improvement
  8. Ensure Grantee Accountability and Program Integrity

Additional Resources:

CCDF State Plan

In general, there are significant changes which not only include moving from a two-year plan to a three-year plan, but many other detailed provisions within the above categories.  Changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Significant requirements related to public notice related to child care licensing inspections, complaints, etc.
  • Increased expectations related to consumer education for parents and providers
  • Increased compliance with licensing requirements and rationale for why license exempt providers do not endanger health, safety, and development of children
  • Enhanced training and professional development requirements and strategies 
  • Enhanced expectations for health and safety standards as well as monitoring practices
  • Targeted outreach and service to specific populations such as children in underserved areas, infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, and non-traditional hours
  • Changes in subsidy administration and continuity of care policies as well as payment practices
  • Increasing quality care
  • Stronger background check expectations

The 2016-2018 CCDF State Plan Public Hearing date has been changed.

The Hearing is now scheduled for February 12, 2016 in the Sanders Auditorium, 111 N. Sanders, Helena, MT at 1:00PM. Details have been posted on the DPHHS public calendar: https://app.mt.gov/cal/html/event?eventCollectionCode=dphhs

Public Comment Period: February 5-February 19, 2016

The public comment period for the 2016-2018 CCDF State Plan has ended. Thank you for your public comments. Responses to comments will be posted on the website in the coming weeks.

Public Comment Executive Summary

CCDF Public Comment Response

Conditionally Approved 2016-2018 CCDF State Plan

The Montana CCDF Plan for the period of June 1, 2016, through September 30, 2018, has been conditionally approved. A "conditionally approved" plan is a fully approved plan with conditions to be met based on your waiver requests, if applicable, and implementation plans for unmet requirements. The conditions will be deemed fully met once all provisions in the CCDBG Act of2014 are fully implemented and implementation plan action steps are completed. At that time the Montana CCDF Plan will be approved without conditions. OCC gave careful consideration to the statutory conditions outlined in the Act, as well as the length of time requested, with the goal of having all provisions related to the Act fully implemented by October 1, 2018 corresponding to the start of the FY2019-2021 CCDF Plan period.

CCDF Community Forums

This fall, staff from the Early Childhood Services Bureau and Quality Assurance Division traveled across the state. They met with over 800 people in various communities to inform them about the state plan and what it means to Montana.

The following chart shows the schedule of community forum visits:

City                 Date                            Time

Bozeman        November 9               6:30pm

Great Falls     November 12             6:30pm

Miles City      November 16             6:30pm

Billings           November 17            6:30pm

Missoula        November 23            6:30pm

Helena*          December 1               6:30pm

*State-wide WebEx. All Resource and Referral Agencies will participate and provide meeting space for this call for their communities  

The Helena forum provided a WebEx for state-wide participation. Communities that participated include:

  • Billings , Bozeman, Butte, Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Kalispell, Lewistown, Malta, Miles City, Missoula, Plentywood, Sidney

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