ARRA - CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

The ARRA - CCDBG is a part of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program, along with Child Care Discretionary Funds (CFDA number 93.575) the Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds (CFDA number 93.596).

This supplemental FY 2009 CCDBG funding was appropriated under the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub.

L.

111-5).

This funding will provide economic stimulus to the nation while furthering the ACF mission to promote the economic and social well being of children, youth, families, and communities.

Objectives under the CCDBG Act are: To make grants to States, Territories, Tribes, and tribal organizations for child care assistance for low-income families and to: (1) allow each State maximum flexibility in developing child care programs and policies that best suit the needs of children and parents within such State; (2) promote parental choice to empower working parents to make their own decisions on the child care that best suits their family"s needs; (3) encourage States to provide consumer education information to help parents make informed choices about child care; (4) assist States to provide child care to parents trying to achieve independence from public assistance; and (5) assist States in implementing the health, safety, licensing, and registration standards established in State regulations.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: These funds were not available in Fiscal Year 2008, therefore, no projects (grants) were funded.

Fiscal Year 2009: CCDBG Recovery Act Funds are awarded to States via a block grant, which, through their appointed Lead Agencies, make many of the decisions about priorities, policies, and expenditures in achieving goals related to improved family access to quality child care.

States are required to commit at least four percent of their aggregate CCDF Funds, including CCDBG Recovery Act Funds, to activities such as consumer education, resource and referral services, provider training, and caregiver recruitment designed to improve child care availability and quality.

In addition to the four percent minimum quality expenditures, the Recovery Act requires that $255,186,000 shall be reserved by the States for quality improvement activities authorized under section 658G of the CCDBG Act, of which $93,587,000 shall be for activities that improve the quality of infant and toddler care.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Persons are encouraged to communicate with the Child Care Bureau Regional Program Managers (RPM).

Contact information for the RPMs is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/ta/raaddr/program_managers.htm.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: These funds were not available in Fiscal Year 2008, therefore, there are no accomplishments to report during that period. Fiscal Year 2009: In April 2009, ACF awarded FY 2009 CCDBG Funds under the Recovery Act to 316 Grantees. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Congress directs that Recovery Act funds appropriated for the CCDBG must be used to supplement, not supplant, State general revenue funds for child care assistance for low-income families.

Lead Agencies must use CCDBG Recovery Act Funds for child care services on a sliding fee scale basis, activities that improve the quality or availability of such services, and other activities that realize the goals of the CCDBG Act.

Not more than 5 percent of the aggregate amount of CCDF Funds, including CCDBG Recovery Act Funds, expended by the State or Territory (15 percent for Tribes or tribal organizations) may be expended for administrative costs incurred by the State or Territory to carryout all of its functions and duties.

The term "administrative costs" does not include the costs of providing direct services.

A State or Territory shall use not less than 4 percent of the aggregate CCDF Funds, including CCDBG Recovery Act Funds, to improve child care quality and availability including comprehensive consumer education, activities to increase parental choice, and other activities such as resource and referral services, provider grants and loans, monitoring and enforcement of requirements, training and technical assistance, and improved compensation for child care staff.

In addition to the minimum four percent quality expenditures, $255,186,000 of the CCDBG Recovery Act Funds shall be reserved by the States for quality improvement activities, of which $93,587,000 shall be for activities that improve the quality of infant and toddler care.

Except for approved construction of child care facilities by Tribal Grantees, no CCDBG Recovery Act Funds may be used for the purchase or improvement of land, or for the purchase, construction, or permanent improvement of any building or facility (other than for minor remodeling and for upgrading facilities to meet State and local child care standards).

No CCDBG Recovery Act Funds provided directly to child care providers through grants or contracts may be expended for any sectarian purpose or activity, including sectarian worship or instruction; however, Grantees must give parents the option of receiving vouchers or certificates to allow parents the choice of faith-based or community child care providers.

No CCDBG Recovery Act Funds may be provided for any services provided to students enrolled in grades 1 through 12 during the regular school day; for any services for which such students receive academic credit toward graduation; or for any instructional services which supplant or duplicate the academic program of any public or private school.

Lead Agencies shall assure that a substantial portion of the total CCDBG (CCDF Discretionary) Funds will be used to provide assistance to low-income working families who are not receiving assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, attempting through work activities to transition off of temporary assistance programs, nor at risk of becoming dependent on temporary assistance programs.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Income Security/Social Service/Welfare.

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Income Security/Social Service/Welfare.

U.S.

Territories and possessions (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Income Security/Social Service/Welfare

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individual/Family; Low Income

Credentials/Documentation

Grantees must operate under a CCDF plan approved by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and must provide assurances that the Grantee will comply with the requirements of the CCDBG and the Recovery Act and all applicable Federal law. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

State, Tribal, and Territorial Lead Agencies already receiving FY 2009 funds under the CCDBG program (i.e., Discretionary Funds) have received CCDBG Recovery Act Funds.

Separate applications for the CCDBG Recovery Act Funds are not required.

To receive funds under the CCDBG Act (CFDA number 93.575), each Grantee must designate a Lead Agency to which grants are awarded and that is accountable for the use of the Discretionary Funds provided, the duties of which shall include developing a CCDF plan.

In conjunction with the development of the CCDF plan, the Lead Agency must hold at least one public hearing no earlier than nine months before the CCDF plan becomes effective and after at least 20 days of statewide public notice, to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the provision of child care services under the plan.

In advance of the hearing, the Lead Agency must make the content of the plan available to the public.

The Lead Agency must also coordinate the provision of services under the program with other Federal, State, and local child care and early childhood development programs.

Also, the Lead Agency must consult with appropriate representatives of local governments.

Tribal Lead Agencies submitting applications for construction must submit an environmental impact assessment.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. State, Tribal, and Territorial Lead Agencies already receiving FY 2009 funds under the CCDBG Act (i.e., Discretionary Funds) will receive CCDBG Recovery Act Funds. Separate applications for the CCDBG Recovery Act Funds are not required. However, should a Grantee decide to make a substantial change to its approved CCDF plan in FY 2009 as a result of the availability of CCDBG Recovery Act Funds, the Lead Agency must submit an amendment to its existing approved FY 2008-2009 CCDF plan within 60 days of making the change. A decision on the approval of the amendment will be made by ACF within 90 days from the date the amendment is received. (An extension of the time period may be made by a written agreement.)

To receive funds under the CCDBG Act, a Lead Agency desiring to receive an allotment for a fiscal year is required to submit a two-year CCDF plan to ACF, as well as, financial and other information necessary for the grants process. Each plan must contain certifications and assurances by the Lead Agency that it will comply with the requirements of the CCDBG Act. The plan must also include: the designation of a Lead Agency; the provision of assurances regarding policies and procedures as stated in Section 658E(c)(2) of the CCDBG Act; an outline of the intended use of block grant funds in compliance with Section 658E(c)(3) of the CCDBG Act; the provision of certification regarding payment rates as stated in Section 658E(c)(4) of the CCDBG Act; and the establishment of a sliding fee scale. Additional requirements are specified by 45 CFR Parts 98 and 99.

Award Procedures

In April 2009, ACF awarded CCDBG Recovery Act Funds to all State, Tribe, and Territory Lead Agencies that were currently receiving FY 2009 funds under the CCDBG Act.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, 42 U.S.C 9858; Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, Public Law 101-508, 42 U.S.C 9858.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

ACF will review for approval any amendments to approved FY 2008-2009 CCDF plans submitted by Lead Agencies within 90 days after receipt of the amendment. To receive CCDBG Act Funds, CCDF plans must be submitted for approval every two years. FY 2010-2011 CCDF plans will be approved by ACF within 90 days after the due date.

Appeals

Guidelines for appeals of disapprovals of CCDF plans or plan amendments are specified in regulations (45 CFR Part 99).

Renewals

To receive CCDBG Act Funds, CCDF plans must be submitted to ACF for approval every two years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Title 42, Chapter 105, Part II-B, Subpart 9858m, Public Law 101-508.This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

CCDBG Recovery Act Funds will be made available to Lead Agencies with approved FY 2008-2009 CCDF plans. Grantees must obligate all CCDBG Recovery Act Funds in the fiscal year in which they are granted or in the succeeding fiscal year. Those funds must be liquidated by the third year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Funded grantees must submit quarterly programmatic reports.

In addition, as specified in 45 CFR Part 98, States must report to ACF annually aggregate data on families, children in care, providers, payment methods, and consumer education.

Quarterly case-level reports are required to provide data on families, children, and providers, and payment information.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Funded grantees must submit quarterly financial reports.

Monitoring is in accordance with 45 CFR 98.90.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Further auditing may be necessary.

Records

Proper grant accounting records must be maintained. State, Territorial and Tribal Lead Agencies must separately track and report on expenditures of CCDBG Recovery Act Funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1516-0-1-609.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $1,997,500,000; FY 10 est $2,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For States, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the range of CCDBG Recovery Act Funds in FY 2009 is approximately $2 million to $225 million; the average award is approximately $38 million. For 260 Tribal Grantees, the approximate range of CCDBG Recovery Act Funds in FY 2009 is: $22,000 to $3.6 million; the average is approximately $158,000. For the four Territories, the range of CCDBG Recovery Act Funds in FY 2009 is approximately $1.8 million to $4 million; the average grant is approximately $2.5 million (These figures do not include other FY 2009 CCDF funds received through CCDF Mandatory and Matching Funds (93.575) and CCDF Discretionary Funds (93.596). These funds were not available in Fiscal Year 2008. One-fourth of 1 percent of these supplemental CCDBG funds are reserved to provide technical assistance to Grantees via contracts.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

These funds are subject to the Child Care and Development Fund regulations at 45 CFR Parts 98 and 99.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Persons are encouraged to communicate with the Child Care Bureau Regional Program Managers (RPM). Contact information for the RPMs is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/ta/raaddr/program_managers.htm.

Headquarters Office

Child Care Bureau, Office of Family Assistance 901 D Street SW
Aerospace Building, 5th Floor East
, Washington 20047 Phone: 202-690-6782

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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