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Who We Are

​The Division of Child Care supports quality child care through programs and plans that promote the improvement and expansion of statewide child care services and resources. The division also provides program coordination for subsidy payments, professional development, trainings and develops policy and procedures.

Our Mission

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

Our vision is a nationally recognized division comprised of a highly skilled workforce that:

  • 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 now pending review and approval by the Administration for Families and Children, Office of Child Care. The Office of Child Care will send to states an initial provisional approval letter in early October and the final approval letter anticipated in mid-November. The state plan is based on estimated receipts and should actual appropriation differ, the plan will be amended. 

Eric T. Clark, Commissioner
Department for Community Based Services

Conditional Approved State Plan FY19-21 12-21-18

ACF Conditional Approval Letter 12-21-18

Kentucky CCDF State Plan for FFY 2019-2021 - With Revisions Per OCC Review 10-31-2018

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 to Dec 31. 2017

CCDF Half-Yr Status Report January 1 to June 30, 2018

CCDF Funding Increase

Kentucky was awarded an additional $42 million of discretionary 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 allows full-time students to be 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