Increasing Access for Vulnerable Children and Families

CCDF regulations requires Lead Agencies to target their efforts and funds toward specific populations of families and children who are vulnerable, at risk, and underserved. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act identifies many of those populations and provides states flexibility in determining approaches they might use to support these populations. There are several ways to include these families and children in the child care subsidy program:

  • Establishing priority groups for eligibility
  • Defining terms such as protective services
  • Conducting outreach and coordinating services
  • Setting differential rates or waiving copayments
  • Increasing the supply of child care targeted to an underserved population


[1] CCDBG Act of 2014 658E(c)(3)(B)(i); Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. §§ 98.46, 98.51 (2016).