RD195 - Virginia Department of Social Services Annual Report on Obtaining the Maximum Available Federal Funding for Child Care Services – 2022

Executive Summary:

On July 1, 2021, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) became responsible for the administration of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) block grant as part of the statewide unified public-private system of early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth. VDSS remains responsible for managing the Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) funded by the CCDF block grant. The CCDF block grant provides funding for childcare subsidies and investments in the quality of child care across the state. The purpose of the CCDF is to 1) increase the availability and quality of child care services; 2) assist parents trying to achieve independence from public assistance; and 3) improve child care and development of participating children. Local departments of social services (LDSS) determine eligibility for Virginia’s CCSP. This program subsidizes child care services for TANF recipients who work or attend approved educational activities and for low-income families who work, are in need of protective services, or participate in Head Start programs. A portion of the CCDF grant is also targeted to invest in and improve the overall quality of child care.