About Us

The Fundamentals of CCDF Administration (Fundamentals) is a comprehensive resource for administrators. This resource also supports Lead Agency staff and partners. Fundamentals is a product of the Office of Child Care (OCC). Maintenance falls under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act. The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal childcare subsidy program. CCDBG, along with Section 418 of the Social Security Act, authorizes the CCDF.

OCC supports low-income working families. It provides access and improves quality of affordable early care and afterschool programs. OCC administers the CCDF and works with state, territory, and tribal governments. OCC’s focus is on children and their families that may be juggling a difficult work schedule. OCC is an office of the Administration for Children and Families, within the HHS.

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) develops and maintains this site. SCBC and its partners work to innovate early childhood systems and programs. SCBC focuses on three main goals:
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under CCDF
  • Improving the quality and supply of infant/toddler services
  • Advancing the development of early childhood system

Establishing effective state-level technical guidance is a key principal of SCBC. Effective help establishes credibility and expertise among childcare providers. These relationships build partnerships and develop systemic capacity.