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CCDF Program and Plan

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families and funds to improve child care quality.


The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is required to submit a CCDF Plan every three years. The CCDF Plan functions as the application for the CCDF grant, so it describes all DEL’s activities funded by the grant and how they comply with federal CCDF law and rules, such as: 

  • Working Connections Child Care program,

  • Early Achievers, and

  • Child care licensing.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 reauthorized the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represented an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. Learn more about the law.


2018 Plan Renewal

The next plan must be final by October 1, 2018 and will cover federal fiscal years 2019-21. DEL is required to submit an initial plan for federal review by July 1, 2018, and must hold a public hearing and coordinate with stakeholders and the federally recognized tribes before submitting.


On December 8, 2017, the federal Office of Child Care (OCC) released a draft CCDF Plan “preprint” – the set of questions DEL’s CCDF Plan must answer. DEL staff began preliminary drafting on the CCDF Plan in January 2018. From February through May 2018, those preliminary drafts will be reviewed by an Executive Steering Committee. After revising the Plan based on this review, DEL will present a draft Plan at five public outreach meetings, four in-person and one via webinar, in  April and May 2018, to receive community input on draft provisions. After revising the plan based on public outreach input, DEL will hold a formal Public Hearing in June to receive comment on the record before submission to OCC on July 1. 


  • To view DEL's current 2019-21 CCDF plan draft, click here. NOTE: DEL posted a new draft on May 10, 2018. To comment on the draft, click here. The deadline for comment is 11:59 PM on June 9, 2018.
  • To view this year’s CCDF plan preprint, click here.
  • To read a summary of the preprint with explanations of each section, click here.
  • To learn how DEL is using a racial equity lens to develop the 2018 plan, click here.
Executive Steering Committee

The ESC is composed of representatives of various sectors impacted by CCDF-funded DEL programs, the Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) that advises DEL on statewide policy, and the Indian Policy Early Learning (IPEL) committee that discusses implications of policy on the Tribes. To see a full membership list, click here.


Public Engagement

Check back here and on our DEL Blog for information on how you can get involved and provide feedback.  DEL will hold a series of public meetings and a webinar to gather input from the public on how we can improve policy and DEL program operations.  Please see the following flyers for meeting locations and times. 


Public Hearing Notice

Formal Public Hearing Flyer: EnglishEspañol | Soomali

CCDF Public Meeting Flyers: English | Español Soomali 


2016-2018 CCDF Plan


Previous CCDF Plans 


To provide comments on the CCDF Draft Plan or if you have questions, please contact: Child Care Administrator, Matt Judge.