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February 2015Vol. 16, No. 1Historic Child Care Program Reauthorization

In November 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law, reauthorizing the child care program for the first time since 1996. The Office of Child Care (OCC), Administration for Children and Families, offers a number of resources with information about the new law, including an overview, statutory language, and a message from the director of the OCC.

The CCDBG Act of 2014 includes the following important provisions:

  • Health and safety requirements for child care providers
  • Transparent consumer and provider education information
  • Family-friendly eligibility policies
  • Activities to improve the quality of child care

The new law does not indicate the extent to which many of the new provisions apply to Tribes, and the OCC will issue policy guidance on how provisions apply to Tribes after consultation with Tribal Leaders and administrators.

For more information on the CCDBG Act of 2014, including a link to CCDBG reauthorization training and webinars, visit the OCC website at