The federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is an aggregate of several funding sources that is distributed in block grants by the federal government to the states and territories. The majority of the funds are to be used to provide child care services to families who meet certain income and need criteria. A portion of the funding (at least four percent of the block grant amount) is to be used for activities to improve the quality of child care. Another portion (not to exceed five percent of the block grant amount) is to be used to pay for costs of administering the CCDF.
The purpose of the CCDF is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. Every two years, states and territories receiving CCDF funds must prepare and submit to the federal government a plan detailing how these funds will be allocated and expended.
This summary highlights the major provisions, activities, and services that are contained in California’s proposed CCDF State Plan for the period from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2013.
Part 1 of the State Plan provides information on how the CCDF program is administered. This includes funding information, the administrative structure, program integrity and accountability policies and strategies, coordination activities, and emergency preparedness and response plans.
Part 2 contains information on the CCDF subsidy program. There is information on the application policies and procedures, eligibility criteria, continuity of care, family outreach, parental choice, and sliding fee scale and payment rate policies and procedures.
Part 3 describes the goals and plans for implementation of child care quality improvement activities. Also included is information on how Lead Agencies meet the statutory and regulatory provisions related to licensing and health and safety requirements.
Part 3.2–3.4.7 Quality Improvement Activities: Federal statute require that at least four percent of the CCDF allocation be used for quality improvement activities. An estimated $71,886,000 will be expended on quality improvement activities in California for each of the two years covered by this Plan. The proposed quality improvement activities include:
|1.5.1||Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils||$3,319,000|
|3.1.3||License Enforcement for Child Care Programs||$8,000,000|
|3.2.1||Development of Preschool Learning Foundations, Curriculum Frameworks, & supporting materials||$964,000|
|3.2.6||Desired Results System for Children and Families||$905,100|
|3.3.2(a1)||California Early Childhood Mentor Program||$2,866,295|
|3.3.2(a2)||California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)||$2,600,000|
|3.3.2(a3)||Child Care Initiative Project||$3,027,444|
|3.3.2(a4)||Child Development Training Consortium||$3,191,200|
|3.3.2(a5)||Desired Results Field Training||$580,000|
|3.3.2(a6)||English Language Learners Support (Preschool English Learners–A Resource Guide)||$1,400,000|
|3.3.2(a7)||Faculty Initiative Project||$455,000|
|3.3.2(a8)||Family Child Care at Its Best Project||$910,000|
|3.3.2(a9)||Health and Safety Training||$455,000|
|3.3.2(a10)||Inclusion and Behavior Consultation Network||$460,000|
|3.3.2(a11)||Map to Inclusive Child Care & CSEFEL||$250,000|
|3.3.2(a12)||Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Institutes||$970,000|
|3.3.2(a13)||PITC Inclusion of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities||$840,000|
|3.3.2(a14)||PITC Partners for Quality Regional Support Network||$3,920,000|
|3.3.2(a15)||Training and Stipends for School-Age Program Professionals||$693,420|
|3.3.3||Community College PITC Demonstration Sites||$650,000|
|3.3.5(1)||800-KIDS-793 Phone Line for Parents||$91,000|
|3.3.5(2)||Resource and Referral Programs||$22,285,541|
|3.4.5(1)||Child Care Retention Program: AB 212||$10,750,000|
|3.4.5(2)||Child Development Teacher & Supervisor Grant Program||$318,000|
|3.4.5(3)||Stipend for Permit||$455,000|
|3.4.5(4)||Subsidized TrustLine Applicant Reimbursement||$960,000|
|3.4.6||Evaluation of Quality Improvement Activities||$570,000|
Fiscal Year 2011-12 Grand Total of All Activities: $71,886,000