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On November 19, 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was signed into law. The law reauthorized the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) for the first time in 18 years and made expansive changes to protect the health and safety of children in child care, promote continuity of access to subsidy for low-income families, better inform parents and the general public about the child care choices available to them, and improve the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs. States, territories, and tribes receiving CCDF funds are required to submit a CCDF Plan. The plan serves as the lead agency's application for CCDF funds by providing a description of how the program will be administered in accordance with CCDF rules and regulation.

New York State’s Draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for FFY 2022-2024

The New York State Office of Children and Family apologizes for the late posting of the draft Plan. We recognize that this is being shared with you very last minute before the scheduled public hearings.

Given the length of this document, we are providing a Guide to the Plan in effort to assist in your review.

Part 1: Define Leadership and Coordination with Relevant Systems and Funding Source

Highlights from this section focus on:

  • Coordination with child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies
  • Efforts on the disaster preparedness and response plans to support continuity of operations in response to emergencies, including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Continuing collaborative efforts with all appropriate federal, state, and local programs. The plan details efforts to continue and strengthen such collaborations
Part 2: Promote Family Engagement through Outreach and Consumer Education

Highlights from this section focus on how information is made available to and on:

  • Families, the general public and child care providers to assist them in accessing high-quality child care
  • Other financial assistance programs or supports for which a family might be eligible
  • The description of the parental complaint process
  • Developmental screenings, research and best practices concerning children’s development, including their social-emotional development
  • How monitoring and inspection reports are posted on the consumer education website
Part 3: Provide Stable Child Care Financial Assistance to Families

Highlights from this section focus on supporting family self-sufficiency and ensuring that families receiving CCDF have access to high-quality child care. Changes in this section include some of the actions made to accommodate items in the newly Enacted State Budget.

  • Child care subsidy eligibility definitions, including criteria on how determinations are made
  • 12-month eligibility, graduated phase-out
Part 4: Ensure Equal Access to Child Care for Low-Income Children

Highlights from this section focus on strategies that the New York uses to promote parental choice, ensure equal access, and increase the supply of child care.

  • Work being done by the Infant and Toddler Mental Health Consultation (ITMHC) Project
  • Market Rates
Part 5: Establishing Standards and Monitoring Processes to Ensure the Health and Safety of Child Care Settings

Highlights from this section focus on NYS and NYC regulations for child care programs. Changes in this section include some of the actions made to accommodate COVID-19 as well as items in the newly Enacted State Budget. Section 5.6 includes an update on NYC’s compliance with federal background check requirements.

  • Licensing requirements
  • Updates on NY’s progress toward compliance of comprehensive background check requirements
  • Exemptions of relative providers
Part 6: Recruit and Retain a Qualified and Effective Child Care Workforce

Highlights from this section focus training and development requirements and the state’s professional development framework.

  • Strategies used to strengthen the business practices of child care provider
  • Early Learning Guidelines
  • NY’s activities designed to improve the quality of child care services
Part 7: Support Continuous Quality Improvement

Highlights from this section focus on activities designed to improve the quality of child care services and to increase parental options for and access to high-quality child care.

  • NY’s quality rating and improvement system – QUALITYstarsNY
  • Activities to improve the supply and quality of infant and toddler care
Part 8: Ensure Grantee Program Integrity and Accountability

Highlights from this section focus on effective internal controls NY has in place that ensure integrity and accountability while maintaining the continuity of services.

  • Measures address reducing fraud, waste, and abuse, including program violations and administrative errors
Appendix A: MRS, Alternative Methodology and Narrow Cost Analysis Waiver Request Form

This section gives Lead Agencies the option to apply for a temporary waiver for the Market Rate Survey (MRS) or federal pre-approved alternative methodology and/or the narrow cost analysis in. These waivers will be considered “extraordinary circumstance waivers” to provide relief from the timeline for completing the MRS or alternative methodology and the narrow cost analysis during the COVID-19 pandemic. These waivers are limited to a one-year period.

  • New York is submitting a waiver request.

Current Plan

2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund Plan

The Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan covers the period of October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2021.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services' Division of Child Care Services submitted its CCDF Plan for federal fiscal years 2019-2021 to the Office of Child Care (OCC) on August 31, 2018. On December 21, 2018, New York State's FFY 2019-21 CCDF Plan was conditionally approved by the OCC; it is a fully approved plan with conditions that must be met. The conditions will be deemed fully met when provisions of the CCDBG Act of 2014 are fully implemented and the implementation plan action steps are completed.

FFY 2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Conditionally Approved Plan

Federal Provisional Approval of Background Check Requirements Letter

Federal Conditional Approval Letter

Amendments

Amendments to the Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2019-2021 CCDF Plan will be posted here as they are approved by the Office of Child Care.

Amendment #4
Amendment #3
Amendment #2
Amendment #1

Quality Progress Report

New York State’s Quality Progress Report (QPR) for FFY 2019 was approved by the Office of Child Care on March 2, 2020.

Previous Plan

2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund Plan

The Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan covers the period of June 1, 2016, through September 30, 2018.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services' (OCFS) Division of Child Care Services (DCCS) submitted its CCDF Plan for federal fiscal years 2016-2018 to the OCC on March 11, 2016. On June 15, 2016, New York State's FFY 2016-18 CCDF Plan was conditionally approved by the OCC. The "conditionally approved" plan is a fully approved plan with conditions that must be met. The conditions will be deemed fully met when provisions of the CCDBG Act of 2014 are fully implemented and the implementation plan action steps are completed.

New York State’s Quality Progress Report (QPR) for FFY 2018 was approved by the Office of Child Care on July 31, 2019.

Amendments

Amendments to the CCDF Plan will be posted here as they are approved by the Office of Child Care.

Background Check Requirements Waiver Approval
On June 26, 2017, the NYS Office of Children and Family Services requested a one-year waiver to implement the provisions of the background check requirements in section 5.3.1 of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan. On August 31, 2017, the Office of Child Care approved New York’s request. The waiver is effective October 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2018.

Office of Child Care Approval of NYS Corrective Action Plan and NYS’s waiver request for Improving Access for Homeless Children and Families (3.2.2)

Amended – FFY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan – Corrective Action Plan and Improving Access for Homeless Children and Families (3.2.2) waiver request

Amended - FFY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan – Market Rate Amendment (effective 6/1/2016)

New York State CCDF Plan Corrective Action Plan (CAP) Acknowledgment Letter and Revisions

FFY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan