Child Care & Development Fund Plan
Kansas is working on a new Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for 2022-2024 and we need your input! This is an opportunity to help shape early childhood care and education policy, services, and funding decisions across the state.
CCDF provides federal funding to help low-income families access child care while enhancing the quality of child care for all children. States are required to submit a new CCDF Plan to the Administration for Children and Families every three years describing their child care policies, programs, and how they meet federal requirements. The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) manages the CCDF and is working closely with a wide variety of early childhood care and education partners to seek new opportunities to align with the All In For Kansas Kids Strategic Plan. DCF is also seeking feedback to help continue addressing COVID-19 pandemic challenges.
How can I provide feedback?
- Public input sessions (dates/times below)
- Electronic form to provide feedback on any or all seven sections of the working draft
- Targeted follow-up and stakeholder discussions throughout plan preparation
Public Input Sessions
These sessions are your opportunity to learn more about specific sections of the CCDF plan working draft and to offer your perspective on needs and potential solutions.
February 19, afternoon
State Interagency Coordinating Council Team meeting
Focus: increasing access and capacity, ensuring equal access, and promoting parent choice (Sections 3 and 4)
February 24, 7-8 p.m.
Public Input Session
Focus: discussion on the Statewide Child Care Disaster Plan and COVID-19, family engagement and outreach, consumer education efforts, increasing access and capacity, and ensuring equal access and promoting parent choice (Sections 1-4)
February 26, 9-10:30 a.m.
Workforce Development Advisory Group Team meeting
Focus: workforce recruitment and retention, and continuous quality improvement efforts (Sections 6 and 7)
February 27, 10-11 A.M.
Public Input Session
Focus: discussion on ensuring health and safety practices, family engagement and outreach, workforce recruitment and retention, and continuous quality improvement efforts (Sections 5-7)
January – April 2021: Kansas begins drafting plan and gathers input
March – June 2021: DCF processes input, shares ideas and concerns with appropriate agencies/partners, aligns with the All In For Kansas Kids Strategic Plan, and develops solutions
April 2021: Administration for Children and Families (ACF) releases additional guidance on plan format and content
April – May 2021: DCF shares an updated draft of the plan with public prior to a formal hearing
June 2021: A formal public hearing will gather public comment
June 2021: Kansas synthesizes public input and federal guidelines and prepares final draft
Late June 2021: Kansas submits final plan to ACF