Child Care Policy Research Partnerships

Child Care Policy Research Partnerships (CCPRP) awards support new research and evaluation activities developed and conducted through partnerships between Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies in states, territories, or tribes and research partner organizations with demonstrated research


This opportunity will fund up to eight 5-year cooperative agreements to pursue research questions of current relevance to local, state, and national child care policy.

This iteration of the CCPRP awards prioritizes projects implementing rigorous, policy-relevant evaluations of quality improvement initiatives in states, territories, or tribes implemented through CCDF “quality set-aside” funds that aim to increase families’ access to quality child care, especially access for children in underserved areas, infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, and children receiving care during nontraditional hours.

These projects are expected to add to the knowledge about the efficacy of child care subsidy policies and quality improvement initiatives in increasing families’ access to quality child care.

Sponsored projects will be expected to participate in a consortium that will meet and communicate regularly to identify opportunities for coordination, such as common data elements and research methods, and to develop collective expertise and resources for the field.

The consortium’s collaboration will support research capacity and learning within individual projects and across recipients.

For further information about prior awards made for CCPRP, see 3.
Related Programs

Child Care and Development Block Grant

Department of Health and Human Services

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Office: Administration for Children and Families - OPRE

Estimated Funding: $3,200,000

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The applicant eligibility is unrestricted.

The CCPRP awards are intended to fund collaborative research projects between a CCDF Lead Agency and entities with demonstrated research capacity (referred to as research partner organization(s)).

Therefore, eligible applicants may be either the CCDF Lead Agency or research partner organization(s).

CCDF Lead Agencies can partner on multiple applications for funding under this awards program; however, it is unlikely that a lead agency would receive more than one award as the award recipient or as the partner.

This also applies to research partner organizations, such that organizations may submit multiple applications as the research partner, but an organization would not receive more than one award as the award recipient or as the partner.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from the merit review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity.

Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C.

2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

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