What is the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)?
• The CCDF is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies and child care quality supports. Programs funded by the CCDF are administered by states, territories and tribes with funding and support from the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Care through the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act.
• States use CCDF to provide financial assistance to low-income families to access child care so they can work or attend a job training or educational program.
• In addition, states use CCDF funding to invest in quality improvements to benefit all children in child care by building the skills and qualifications of the child care provider workforce, supporting child care programs to achieve higher standards, and providing consumer education to help parents select child care that meets their families’ needs.
• The CCDF program helps fund child care assistance for about 30,000 children and 15,000 families each month in Minnesota.
Minnesota's Child Care and Development Fund Plan
Every three years, states must submit a Child Care and Development Fund plan to identify how funds are spent by the state and document compliance with federal laws. States were required to comply with the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 by September 30, 2016. Minnesota needed additional time to fully implement changes necessary with the federal law change and was granted several waivers through September 30, 2018. Although Minnesota made substantial progress in implementing changes to state law to comply with federal laws, there are still some areas in which Minnesota needs to implement additional changes.
As a result, Minnesota’s 2019-2021 Federal CCDF plan was conditionally approved and Minnesota was put under corrective action to fully comply with new federal law by September 30, 2019. Minnesota submitted a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to comply with federal law in early 2019. The Corrective Action Plan identifies the steps Minnesota will complete to come into compliance with the new federal law.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is finalizing the proposed federal fiscal year 2022-2024 Child Care and Development Fund Plan. The plan describes how state and federal funds will be used to ensure health and safety, improve the quality of child care, and help families with low incomes access care for their children. Public hearings were held in April 2021, in a virtual format.