RD278 - Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Transition Plan – August 14, 2020

Executive Summary:

*This report was replaced in its entirety by the Department of Education on August 28, 2020.

In order to increase access, strengthen quality and improve school readiness outcomes of its birth to five early childhood care and education system, Virginia must establish a single, durable point of accountability within the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education.

Governor Northam’s 2020 Early Childhood Package included legislation (SB578/HB1012) and proposed funding to:

• Establish the Virginia Board of Education (BOE) and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as responsible for oversight and administration of early care and education out of the home to create a single point of accountability for school readiness, effective July 1, 2021.

• Transition the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start State Collaboration Office to the VDOE in phases with transition fully complete by July 1, 2021.

• Create an Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee to the BOE, which will serve as the state’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC) as required for federal grants and will vet policies and regulations and advise the Board of Education on related matters.

This document provides an update on Phase I of the transition; an overview of the proposed plan for Phases II and III; and estimated cost impacts per phase for the transition of child care licensing and oversight of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG; also called the Child Care and Development Fund or CCDF). Note that this document reflects an intensive interagency effort in response to Governor Northam’s Executive Directive 4 as well as extensive stakeholder feedback gathered in the prior year.