The Division of Child Care supports quality child care programs and plans that promote improvement and expansion of child care services and resources statewide. The division also coordinates subsidy payment, professional development, training and policy and procedure development programs.
Our mission is to provide leadership in building high-quality, community-based access to child care and early learning that enhances health, safety, permanency, well-being and self-sufficiency for Kentucky's children and families.
Our vision is a nationally recognized division comprised of a highly skilled workforce who:
- Increases available quality child care that is developmentally appropriate, affordable, healthy and safe;
- Provides access to early care and education and support to early care professionals throughout the state;
- Engages families and community partners in collaborative decision making for early care and education;
- Provides safe child care services which support stability and self-sufficiency of families;
- Utilizes technological resources to promote the improvement of outcomes in child care;
- Expands data collection and management systems that allow for evidence-based management decisions.
Kentucky CCDF State Plan
To the Citizens of the Commonwealth,
The FFY 2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Block Grant State Plan is under review and awaiting approval by the Administration for Families and Children, Office of Child Care. The Office of Child Care issues an initial provisional approval letter in early October and the final approval letter is expected mid-November. The state plan is based on estimated receipts and is amended if actual appropriations differ.
Eric T. Clark, Commissioner
Department for Community Based Services
Conditional Approved State Plan FY19-21
ACF Conditional Approval Letter
Kentucky CCDF State Plan for FFY 2019-2021 - With Revisions Per OCC Review
Kentucky CCDF State Plan for FFY 2019-2021 - Pending Final Federal Approval
Kentucky CCDF State Plan with Amendments for FFY 2016-2018
CCDF Half-Yr Status Report July 1 - Dec. 31. 2017
CCDF Half-Yr Status Report Jan. 1 - June 30, 2018
CCDF Funding Increase
Kentucky received an additional $42 million inidiscretionary funds through the Child Care Development Block Grant. The administration for Children and Families (ACF) requires that funds be obligated by Sept. 30, 2019 and liquidated by Sept. 30, 2020.
Emergency administrative regulation 922 KAR 2:160E was filed on Nov. 30, 2018. This regulation is effective immediately and includes a CCAP maximum payment rate increase for any county currently receiving less than the 40th percentile of the market rate. The regulation also immediately raises the discontinuance of child care services at redetermination to 200 percent of the federal poverty limit and allows for funding of child care for foster children from CCDF funds. In addition, the regulation makes full-time students eligible for child care effective June 28, 2019.
To qualify for the new maximum payment rates, providers must submit a DCC 94B. Forms may be submitted to DCC Technical Assistance or mailed to the Division of Child Care 275 E. Main St. 3C-F Frankfort, KY 40621.
CCDF Funding Increase Resources:
DCC 300 – Kentucky Child Care Maximum Payment Rate Chart
922 KAR 2:160E – Child Care Assistance Program Emergency Regulation (for immediate implementation of new CCAP rates)
922 KAR 2:160 – Child Care Assistance Program Ordinary Regulation (contains public comment and hearing information)
CCAP Rate Increase Frequently Asked Questions
DCC 94B – Licensed or Certified Provider Agreement Form