About Us

The Fundamentals of CCDF Administration (The Fundamentals) website is a comprehensive resource for state, territory, and tribal administrators, and Lead Agency staff and their partners. The Fundamentals has recently been revised to reflect the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and the CCDF final rule. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act is the law that, along with Section 418 of the Social Security Act, authorizes the federal child care subsidy program known as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).

Users of The Fundamentals will find the website and tools helpful for the following:
  • Providing introductory or refresher training, including as a part of an onboarding process for CCDF Administrators as well as for Lead Agency staff and administration as applicable;
  • Training other Lead Agency staff; for example, quality, licensing, or subsidy staff;
  • Working with the Office of Child Care (OCC) Regional Office to receive new CCDF Administrator training, with support from the Child Care State Systems Specialists, and tracking CCDF implementation effective dates;
  • Searching for information on a specific CCDF administration topic; and
  • Providing training with collaborative partners such as those in the State Advisory Council and agency staff in state departments of health, education, or the Lead Agency for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Throughout the Fundamentals tools, gears are used to illustrate the critical interactions needed to create an integrated system that engages partners and stakeholders. The gears show the interconnectedness of different parts of CCDF administration, such as:
  • Subsidy (teal-colored gear);
  • Consumer education and outreach (navy blue-colored gear);
  • Health and safety, licensing regulations and monitoring, and quality improvement activities (orange-colored gear); and
  • Professional development and workforce (light blue-colored gear).
Further, the gears represent the connections between CCDF administration and Head Start, Early Head Start–Child Care partnerships, prekindergarten, early intervention, and health partners in states and territories.

The Fundamentals is a product of OCC, which contracts with the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) for the development and maintenance of The Fundamentals website and tools. OCC supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable early care and afterschool programs, as well as improving the quality of programs. OCC administers the CCDF and works with state, territory, and tribal governments to provide support for children and their families juggling work schedules and struggling to find child care programs that meet their needs, and to prepare children to succeed in school and in life. OCC is an office of the Administration for Children and Families, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The SCBC works with state and territory leaders and their partners to create innovative early childhood systems and programs that improve results for children and families. SCBC focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the CCDF, improving the quality and supply of infant/toddler services, and advancing the development of early childhood systems.

Guiding principles include the following:
  • Effective state-level technical assistance establishes credibility and expertise, builds partnerships, and develops systemic capacity from CCDF Administrators to child care providers.
  • Context matters; effective capacity building requires understanding and respect for each organization's history, values, and vision.
Services are available through the SCBC's Infant/Toddler Specialist Network, Intensive Capacity Building Network, and State Systems Specialist Network.