New Regulation for Child Care Published by Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Since November of 2014, we have been talking about the Child Care Development Block Grant. The newly updated federal child care Act that President Obama signed in November of 2014.  Since then there has been a lot of talk about what implementation would look like, how it is going to impact families and providers, what it was going to cost, etc.

There was a proposed rule for organizations and individuals to provide comment on, states had to submit their plans for implementation and now we have a final rule - the one the child care field has to follow.  

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has put together a four page fact sheet for us. The summary tells us about the major changes in the final rule within the following categories: 

  1. protect the health and safety of children in child care;
  2. help parents make informed consumer choices and access information to support child development;
  3. support equal access to stable, high quality child care for low-income children; and
  4. enhance the quality of child care and better support the workforce.

ACF has put together many other resources to inform us about the final rule including a map that informs you about each states profiles, webinars and the slides.

Organizations are still pulling together their analysis about the rule but more to come.  Here are some organizations to follow - and of course the above ACF resources.

Side Note: Sometimes you'll see both acronymns, CCDBG and CCDF.  CCDBG is the Act that President Obama signed into legislation and CCDF is the regulation enforcing the Act.  For more on the difference between an Act and a Regulation, click here.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building