Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the primary federal funding source to help certain low-income families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children. As a block grant, CCDF gives funding to States, Territories, and Tribes to provide child care subsidies primarily through vouchers or certificates to low-income families. In addition, CCDF funds are used to improve the quality of child care for both subsidized and unsubsidized children. The mandatory Child Care Entitlement (CCE) portion of the CCDF program consists of State matching funds, which require a State match and maintenance of effort, and federal mandatory funds. The CCE is made available in section 418 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 618) and is not subject to annual appropriations. The CCE provides about $2.9 billion in federal funding per year for child care. The remaining funds are Matching Funds and are distributed based on the number of children under age 13 in a State compared with the national total of children under age 13. To access Matching Funds, a State must obligate all of its Mandatory Funds allotted in a fiscal year and maintain 100% of the State's share of expenditures for the former programs in fiscal year 1994 or fiscal year 1995, whichever is greater. Matching Funds must be matched at the applicable FMAP rate, which is the Medicaid Program matching rate. Not less than 1%, but not more than 2% of the total Mandatory and Matching Funds are reserved for Tribes and tribal organizations based on the number of children living on or near Tribal reservations or other appropriate area served by the tribal grantee. Tribes and tribal organizations are not required to provide matching funds. The District of Columbia is treated as a State for purposes of receiving its share of Mandatory and Matching Funds.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
In FY 2016, 344 grants will be awarded to 50 States , District of Columbia,242 Tribes, and other grantees (research, TA,and hotline). Fiscal Year 2016: 354 grants were awarded to 50 States, District of Columbia, and 242 Tribes and other grantees (research,TA,and hotline).Fiscal Year 2017
Fiscal Year 2017: 354 grants were awarded to 50 States, District of Columbia, and 242 Tribes and other grantees (research and TA).Fiscal Year 2018
358 grants were awarded to 50 States, the District of Columbia, 242 Tribes, and other grantees (research and technical assistance(TA)).Fiscal Year 2019
It is anticipated that 355 grants will be awarded to 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 242 Tribes and other grantees (research and TA).Fiscal Year 2020
It is anticipated that 383 grants will be awarded to 50 States , the District of Columbia, and 242 Tribes and other grantees (research and TA).
Social Security Act, as amended, Title IV, Section 418, 42 U.S.C. 618
Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, as amended (42 USC 9857, et seq)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligibility: All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Federally recognized Tribal Governments, including Alaskan Native Corporations.
Children under age 13 (or, at the option of the grantee, up to age 19, if physically or mentally incapable of self-care or under court supervision), who (1) reside with a family whose income does not exceed 85% of the State median income (SMI) for a family of the same size, and (2) who reside with a parent (or parents) who is working or attending job training or educational program, who or are in need of, or are receiving protective services. A Lead Agency shall re-determine a child's eligibility for child care services no sooner than 12 months following the initial determination or most recent re-determination. Once determined eligible, children are expected to receive a minimum of 12 months of child care services, unless family income rises above 85% SMI or, at Lead Agency option, the family experiences a non-temporary cessation of work, education, or training.
Lead Agencies must operate under a CCDF plan approved by the Administration for Children and Families, and must provide assurances that the grantee will comply with the requirements of the CCDBG Act and all applicable Federal law.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Each Grantee must designate a Lead Agency to which grants are awarded and that is accountable for the use of the Mandatory and Matching Funds provided, the duties of which shall include developing a CCDF plan. In conjunction with the development of the CCDF plan, the Lead Agency must hold at least one public hearing no earlier than nine months before the CCDF plan becomes effective and after at least 20 days of statewide public notice, to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the provision of child care services under the plan. In advance of the hearing, the Lead Agency must make the content of the plan available to the public. The Lead Agency must also coordinate the provision of services under the program with other Federal, State, and local child care and early childhood development programs. Also, the Lead Agency must consult with appropriate representatives of local governments. Tribal Lead Agencies submitting applications for construction must submit an environmental impact assessment.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Lead Agency desiring to receive an allotment for a fiscal year is required to submit a three-year CCDF plan to the Administration for Children and Families, as well as financial and other information necessary for the grants process. Each plan must contain certifications and assurances by the Lead Agency that it will comply with the requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). The plan must also include: the designation of a Lead Agency; the provision of assurances regarding policies and procedures as stated in Section 658E(c)(2) of the amended CCDBG; an outline of the proposed use of block grant funds in compliance with Section 658E(c)(3) of the CCDBG; the provision of certification regarding payment rates as stated in Section 658E(c)(4) of the CCDBG; and the establishment of a sliding fee scale. Additional requirements are specified by 45 CFR Parts 98 and 99.
Grants are awarded after the receipt and approval of an application and plan by the Administration for Children and Families.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The Administration for Children and Families will review the CCDF plans for approval and will act on the plans within 90 days.
Guidelines for appealing disapprovals of CCDF plans are specified in regulations at 45 CFR Part 99.
CCDF plans must be submitted every three years.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Title IV of the Social Security Act appropriates funds (Mandatory and Matching Funds) for the purpose of providing child care assistance. Lead Agencies must use Mandatory and Matching Funds for child care services on a sliding fee scale basis, activities that improve the quality or availability of such services, and other activities that realize the goals of the CCDBG Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance monitoring is in accordance with 45 CFR 98.90.
Lead Agencies and subgrantees must retain all CCDF records for three years from the day the Lead Agency or subgrantee submits the Financial Reports as required by the CCDF regulations at 45 CFR 98.90.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: 45 CFR 98.53
Matching is voluntary. Statutory/Regulatory Formula: Section 658O of the CCDBG Act; Title 45 CFR, Part 98.53. Matching Requirements: Allocations of the Mandatory Funds are based on a State's Federal share of the expenditures for the now-repealed AFDC-linked child care programs (AFDC/JOBS Child Care, Transitional Child Care, and At-Risk Child Care) in 1994 or 1995, or the average of 1992 through 1994, whichever was greater. A State is not required to expend any State funds in order to receive its share of the Mandatory Funds. The remaining funds are Matching Funds and are distributed based on the number of children under age 13 in a State compared with the national total of children under age 13. To access Matching Funds, a State must obligate all of its Mandatory Funds allotted in a fiscal year and maintain 100% of the State's share of expenditures for the former programs in fiscal year 1994 or fiscal year 1995, whichever is greater. Matching Funds must be matched at the applicable FMAP rate, which is the Medicaid Program matching rate. Not less than 1%, but not more than 2% of the total Mandatory and Matching Funds are reserved for Tribes and tribal organizations based on the number of children living on or near Tribal reservations or other appropriate area served by the tribal grantee. Tribes and tribal organizations are not required to provide matching funds. The District of Columbia is treated as a State for purposes of receiving its share of Mandatory and Matching Funds. Territories are not eligible to receive Mandatory or Matching Funds.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant awards are made to Lead Agencies with approved CCDF plans. If Matching Funds are requested, Mandatory Funds must be obligated by the end of the first fiscal year. There is no time limit on liquidation of Mandatory Funds and no time limit on obligation of Mandatory Funds if no Matching Funds are requested. Matching Funds must be obligated by the end of the first fiscal year and liquidated by the second fiscal year. State funds expended toward the Maintenance of Effort requirement must be both obligated and expended by the end of the first fiscal year. Mandatory and Matching Funds awarded to Tribes and tribal organizations must be obligated by the end of the second fiscal year and liquidated by the end of the third fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
A list of Office of Child Care Regional Program Managers is located at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/regional-child-care-program-managers
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$2,946,142,984.00; FY 19 est $2,887,830,000.00; FY 20 est $3,179,880,000.00; FY 17$2,917,000,000.00; FY 16$2,916,771,935.00; - These figures do not include CCDF Discretionary Funds under CFDA 93.575.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For States, including DC, the range of grants in FY 2018 is: $ 9,254,429 to $ 515,678,905; the average grant is $ 90,158,455. For 243 Tribal grantees, the range of grants in FY 2018 is: $4,444 to $6,892,551; the average grant is $240,082. These figures are not inclusive of funds received through CFDA 93.575.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
These funds are subject to the Child Care and Development Fund regulations at 45 CFR Parts 98 and 99.
Examples of Funded Projects