Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Child Care and Development Block Grant
(CCDBG) Act of 2014

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The CCDBG is a grant given to the states and territories by the federal government. It is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies to assist low-income working families and to provide funds to improve child care quality.

In November 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 was signed into law after receiving bipartisan and bicameral support in Congress. The Act fully authorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. The new law makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers; outlining family-friendly eligibility policies; and, ensuring that parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.

The implementation of the new law has been staggered over a period of three (3) years to allow states enough time to make policy and system changes.



Current State Status

  • As the lead agency, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has reviewed new requirements within the CCDGB Act of 2014 in order to fully understand its impact on the state. These reviews were led by the Division of Early Care and Education (DECE) which serves as the administrative unit for the CCDF.
  • In 2015, program areas within DECE conducted research on the extensive nature of the Act and its implications for nearly all aspects of childcare. Based on the Lead Agency’s reasonable interpretation Wisconsin’s 2016-2018 CCDF Plan was drafted and shared with public.
  • A draft of the CCDF plan was shared with various stakeholders for consultation, collaboration and feedback. On January 5, 2016, a public hearing was held in Madison, WI, and 13 remote sites throughout the state.
  • Wisconsin’s 2016-2018 CCDF Plan was submitted to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on March 2 2016 and was conditionally approved on June 10, 2016.
  • To date, DECE has implemented requirements in the Act related to family friendly eligibility, transparent consumer and provider education and modified health and safety monitoring requirements.
  • CCDF Final Rules were published and released on September 24, 2016.
  • The Division is reviewing the impact of the final rules on the current state plan and identifying all necessary amendments to the plan in order to meet the full intentions of the Act.
  • Division staff continues to identify rule, policy, and statute changes required to ensure complete compliance with the rules.

Wisconsin's CCDF Plan

CCDF Final Rules and Resources

Wisconsin Shares Market Rate Surveys

Stakeholder Outreach

A major component of the Act is the collaboration with key stakeholders in the development of an approvable CCDF State Plan. As information becomes available it will be communicated with our early childhood care and education partners.

Any statute, rule, policy and procedure changes that are made will be communicated via meetings, listservs, newsletters, and updates to the corresponding publications and manuals.

DCF PowerPoint Presentation - CCDBG Overview

For more information about CCDBG and how Wisconsin is making changes to comply with the new laws, contact: DCFCCDBGActof2014@wisconsin.gov.