First draft of the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan FY ’25-FY ’27

Dear Early Childhood System Partner,

The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education are pleased to share the first draft of the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan for federal fiscal year 2025 to federal fiscal year 2027 (FFY25-FY27).

What is the CCDF State Plan?

Delaware’s CCDF State Plan is the method used to apply for the federal funding that pays for Delaware’s Purchase of Care Program and the state’s quality early care and education initiatives. The CCDF State Plan also provides information regarding how early childhood systems are administered in our state.

For federal fiscal year 2025-2027, October 1, 2025 through September 30, 2027, we have created a draft “Plan of Today” that

    • Applies for Delaware’s federal funding through the Child Care Development Block Grant
    • Tells “our” story:
      • the design of our state’s early childhood system
      • how we are choosing to use federal – and state – dollars
    • the federal government uses to determine our state’s compliance with federal law

“Our Early Childhood System of Today” Plan

The draft plan text describing Delaware’s current early childhood system is now released for public review and comment. We will revise the draft plan based on comments for submission to the federal government by July 1, 2024.

5.17.24 CCDF State Plan of Today FFY25-27_DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

We will continue to host “CCDF Idea Meetings” to create new innovations for our future system. The design of “our early childhood system of tomorrow” will be written into plan amendments that Delaware can submit to the federal government at any time during the 3-year plan cycle.

How Do I Provide Feedback on the “Our Early Childhood System of Today” CCDF State Plan FFY25-27?

  1. FILL OUT THESE FORMS

Starting May 17, 2024, you can use the links below to write feedback on one, some or all sections of the plan. Click the link to open a fillable form for each of the ten plan sections. Each question corresponds to one subsection of the draft plan, linked below. Form comments are due by Friday, June 7, 2024.

5.17.24 CCDF State Plan of Today FFY25-27_DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 1

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today – Section 2

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 3

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 4

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 5

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 6

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 7

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 8

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 9

 

Edit | CCDF FY25-FY27 Plan of Today Section 10

 

  1. ATTEND A PUBLIC HEARING

 

You can also choose to attend a public hearing to give your comments. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 6th. The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education will host 2 virtual sessions over Zoom: from 12pm-2pm and 5:30-7:30pm.

 

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