The National Association of State Child Care Administrators (NASCCA) is an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and was established in 2000. NASCCA enhances and sustains legislative, regulatory, and fiscal policies supportive of effective child care programs. The organization focuses on federal, state, and local child care programs designed to meet the needs of children from birth through school age for safe, affordable, high quality care.
APHSA and NASCCA submitted comments to the Administration on Children and Families in response to the Federal Register’s March 8, 2016 Notice on the Child Care National Website and Hotline. The Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization Act of 2014 authorized the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a national website and a national parent complaint hotline. The website will connect to and provide links to states/territories website and serve as another entry point for information for parents to make informed choices for child care. The hotline is meant to be a tool for parents and providers to report health and safety violations and allegations of child abuse.
APHSA and NASCCA submitted a statement for the record, to the House Education and Workforce Committee in response to a hearing on early childhood education and care. The written statement included APHSA’s and NASCCA’s recommendations for improving early learning programs. These recommendations call for federal support to assist states with implementing an integrated health and human services system with linkages to education and a coordinated system of early learning programs. In this statement for the record, states also called for a full reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in order to achieve these goals.
Similar to the statement submitted to the House Education and Workforce Committee, APHSA and NASCCA also submitted written testimony in response to a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing about high-quality early education. Like the House recommendations, APHSA and NASCCA also recommended support to assist states with implementing a coordinated system of early learning and integrated health and human services system with linkages to education.
APHSA and NASCCA Send ACF Comments Letter on Child Care Regulations
APHSA and NASCCA submitted feedback to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) regarding their Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Child Care and Development Fund Program (CCDF). The letter expressed an agreement with the overall goals to improve quality, continuity of care and health and safety but also expressed concern regarding the costs associated with implementing the new rules. In separate letters, states submitted projected costs and expenditures on various reforms proposed in the NPRM.
APHSA and NASCCA Send Letter to Congress on CCDBG Reauthorization Bill
APHSA and NASCCA submitted feedback on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013 or S. 1089. The letter thanked the Senate for introducing S. 1089 and making reauthorization of the CCDGB a priority. Some of S. 1089's provisions reflect the recommendations from APHSA and NASCCA and this letter provided the Senate with additional feedback on its proposal.
Reauthorization Recommendations for Child Care and Development Block Grant
APHSA and NASCCA released a policy brief announcing recommendations for the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). In response to the "CCDBG Act of 2013," the recommendations lay out a number of priorities including preserving state flexibility, improving the quality of child care, expanding access of care and others.
Press Release on APHSA and NASCCA's CCDBG Recommendations for Congress
APHSA and NASCCA released its recommendations for CCDBG's reauthorization. This proposal was submitted to congressional members, highlighting their policy priorities for CCDBG and describing how these reforms could contribute to the overall goal of a transformed human service system through APHSA's Pathways initiative.
APHSA and NASCCA submitted a letter to ACF providing inquiries and comments from state child care administrators on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-186). Specific topic areas within the letter focused on elements of the new law that present the most impact on state agencies. This includes provisions related to quality, health and saftey, workforce development and training, consumer education and subsidy.
NASCCA Holds Webinar on CCDBG Bill
This webinar provided details on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013, discussed program shifts and proposals from the Administration affecting the CCDF program.
APHSA and NASCCA Host Webinar on Proposed Child Care Regulations
This webinar provided an overview of the Child Care and Development Fund Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (CCDF NPRM), which was released on May 16, 2013. The slides review the CCDF NPRM, its proposed amendments and the procedure for submitting public comments. State child care administrators offered feedback and comments during the webinar.
This webinar presented details on the CCDBG Act (S. 1086) and focused on provisions regarding health and safety standards, onsite monitoring and unannounced visits and comprehensive background checks.
This webinar presented details on the CCDBG Act (S. 1086) and focused on provisions regarding quality activities, the quality set aside and early learning guidelines.
This webinar presented details on the CCDBG Act (S. 1086) and focused on provisions regarding workforce training and professional development.
This webinar presented details on the CCDBG Act (S. 1086) and focused on provisions regarding subsidy, initial eligibility determination and redetermination periods and payment practices.