Information about Child Care Financial Assistance Program Availability and Application Process

In their CCDF Plans, states must describe how they inform eligible parents, the general public, and, where applicable, child care providers about how they can apply for, and potentially receive, child care services. Lead Agencies can inform families about available services in a number of ways, such as the following:[2]

  • Needs assessments through state planning agencies
  • Community outreach
  • Partnerships with state or local agencies and organizations
  • Public service announcements
  • Websites

In addition to providing information about the availability of services, Lead Agencies can help families by accepting child care applications through multiple avenues. For example, Lead Agencies can accept applications submitted in person, online, by mail and email, and at child care sites.


[1] CCDBG Act of 2014 658E(c)(2)(E) and Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.33(b) (2016).

[2] CCDF regulations define state as follows: “any of the states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and includes tribes unless otherwise specified” [Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.2 (2016)]. For ease of reading, the term state is used inclusively throughout this resource unless otherwise specified.