Child Care and Development Fund

Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of Child Care

Program: Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), also known as the Child Care and Development Block Grant, is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CCDF funds State efforts to provide child care services for low-income family members who work, train for work, attend school, or whose children receive or need to receive protective services. CCDF provides States, Indian tribes, and territories with funding to help low-income families access child care for their children through certificates, grants, or contracts. Certificates can be used for public or private, religious or non-religious, and center or home-based care. Child care programs that participate must comply with State health and safety requirements. A portion of funds is also used for activities to improve the quality of care, such as provider training. Private providers of preschool or school-age programs should contact the lead agency for child care in the State for more information.

Further Information

For State specific information, visit the State Child Care Contacts website or call 202-690-6782.

Last Modified: 08/28/2019