Monday, August 29, 2016

DEL Posts Approved CCDF (Federal Funding Source) Plan

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is a Federal funding source that supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and after-school programs. CCDF also improves the quality of care to support children’s healthy development and learning by supporting child care licensing, quality improvement systems to help programs meet higher standards, and support for child care workers to attain more training and education.

In Washington, CCDF dollars fund essential programs in early learning, including but not limited to: 

  • child care licensing
  • quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) - Early Achievers
  • data collection and analysis to better understand child outcomes. 
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 reauthorizes the Federal early learning law of 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.

Learn more about the law.

As the lead state agency for the CCDF block grant, DEL must submit a plan every three years for how the funding will be used to improve accessibility to and quality of child care in our State. This past fall, DEL submitted the following:
See the 2016-2018 Approved CCDF plan here: Approved CCDF Plan.

If you have questions, please contact: Child Care Administrator, Lynne Shanafelt at

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