Child Care and Development Fund

CCDF Program and Plan

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for working families with low incomes 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.

2022-2024 Plan

DCYF was required to submit a new initial plan for federal review on 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. DCYF submitted its draft Plan on June 30 and worked with the federal Office of Child Care on revisions. The new Plan went into effect October 1, 2021. DCYF amended the Plan once in Summer 2022 and again that Winter.

Read DCYF's new CCDF Plan for 2022-2024

Previous CCDF Plans 

2022-2024 Plan Amendment 1

2022-2024 Plan Initial Submission

2019-2021 Plan

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.