Child Care and Development Fund

CCDF Timeline

CCDF Program and Plan

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families and funds to improve child care quality.

DCYF is required to submit a CCDF Plan every three years. The CCDF Plan functions as the application for the CCDF grant, so it describes all DCYF's activities funded by the grant and how they comply with federal CCDF law and rules, such as: 

  • Working Connections Child Care program
  • Early Achievers
  • Child care licensing
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 reauthorized the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represented an historic re-envisioning of the CCDF program. Learn more about the law.

2021 Plan Renewal

DCYF is required to submit an initial plan for federal review by June 30, 2021 and to hold a public hearing and coordinate with stakeholders and federally recognized tribes before submitting. DCYF developed its new plan in consultation with an Executive Steering Committee and through a process of public engagement including three community meetings and two public hearings earlier this Spring. DCYF submitted its draft Plan on June 30 and will now work with the federal Office of Child Care on any revisions needed prior to its effective date, October 1, 2021.

Read the draft of DCYF's new CCDF Plan

Executive Steering Committee

The CCDF Plan ESC is composed of representatives of various sectors impacted by CCDF-funded early learning programs, the Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) that advises DCYF on statewide policy, and the Indian Policy Early Learning (IPEL) committee that discusses implications of policy on the Tribes.

2019-21 CCDF Plan

Amendment Spring 2021

Amendment Fall 2020

Amendment Summer 2020

Amendment Summer 2019

Initial Submission Effective October 1, 2018

Previous CCDF Plans 

2016-2018 Plan

2014-2015 Plan

2012-2013 Plan

If you have questions regarding CCDF or the Plan, please contact: Child Care Administrator, Matt Judge.