CCDF State Plan
The CCDF State Plan is the primary mechanism that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) uses to determine state and territory compliance with the requirements of the law and rule. States and territories use the plan to describe to ACF their progress on the following sections:
- Define CCDF Leadership and Coordination With Relevant Systems
- Promote Family Engagement Through Outreach and Consumer Education
- Provide Stable Child Care Financial Assistance to Families
- Ensure Equal Access to Child Care for Low-Income Families
- Establish Standards and Monitoring Processes To Ensure the Health and Safety of Child Care Settings
- Recruit and Retain a Qualified and Effective Child Care Workforce
- Support Continuous Quality Improvement
- Ensure Grantee Accountability
These sections reflect key functions of an integrated system of child care for low-income working families. Although the state plan is divided into sections for reporting and accountability purposes, ACF encourages states to approach the Plan in a cross-cutting, integrated manner. The intention is that grantees and the federal government will be able to use this information to track and assess progress, determine the need for technical assistance (TA), and determine compliance with specific requirements and deadlines.
The Montana CCDF Plan is effective for the period of June 1, 2019, through September 30, 2021.