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Division of Child Care

Urgent Notification

Open to Public Comment Notice:  Submission deadline extended to March 11, 2016 granted by U.S. Administration for Children and Families

To the citizens of the commonwealth:

The Department for Community Based Services is pleased to share a copy of the federal fiscal years 2016-2018 state plan for the intended use of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Block Grant. The annual plan is based on estimated receipts. Should the actual appropriation differ, the plan will be changed accordingly.

The U.S. Administration for Children and Families granted an extension to states for the federal submission of the federal fiscal years 2016-2018 CCDF state plan from July 1, 2015, to March 1, 2016, to allow states additional time due to Pub. L. 113-186, Child Care and Development Grant Act of 2014, which included numerous new requirements. As a result of public law, the CCDF plan cycle also changed from a biennial to a triennial plan period.

Additional time was necessary to develop the preliminary plan due to the gubernatorial administration change, delayed federal release of the plan’s pre-print to the states occurring on Dec. 17, 2015 and federal notice of proposed rulemaking released in the Federal Register on Dec. 24, 2016.  Administration for Children and Families continues to hold discussions with states regarding state plan requirements. There remain outstanding state budgetary decisions and federal clarifications that could impact the content of the preliminary plan prior to or subsequent to its federal submission.

Informed and active citizen participation continues to be a major factor in the prudent use of scarce resources. Please send any comments or recommendations by the close of business Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 to Aimee Cox, Division of Child Care, 275 East Main Street, 3C-F, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621 or email Aimee Cox

Your assistance helping us develop and implement quality child care services for children within the commonwealth is appreciated.

Kentucky CCDF Preliminary State Plan for FFY 2016-2018


CCAP Eligibility Criteria

The Division of Child Care supports quality child care through programs and plans that promote the improvement and expansion of statewide child care services and resources. The division also provides program coordination for subsidy payments, coordination of professional development and training and develops policy and procedures.

ECE-INSIDER Newsletter

The new edition of the Division of Child Care quarterly newsletter, ECE-INSIDER, for Kentucky's early care and education child care providers is now available.

Mission Statement

To provide leadership in building high quality, community based access to child care and early learning that enhances health, safety, permanency, well-being and self-sufficiency for Kentucky's children and families.

Vision Statement

A nationally recognized division comprised of a highly skilled workforce that:

  • Increases available quality child care that is developmentally appropriate, affordable, healthy and safe;
  • Provides access to early care and education, and support to early care professionals throughout the state;
  • Engages families and community partners in collaborative decision making for early care and education;
  • Provides safe child care services which support stability and self-sufficiency of families;
  • Utilizes technological resources to promote the improvement of outcomes in child care;
  • Expands data collection and management systems that allow for evidence based management decisions.
Program Areas

The Division of Child Care coordinates program subsidy payments and professional development and training and administers STARS for KIDS NOW and the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services (child care resource and referral agencies. For an overview of the Division of Child

Printable brochure

Child Care Assistance Program

Child Care Assistance Program provides access to quality child care, allowing parents to work, attend school and/or to participate in the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program.

Registered Providers are child care providers not subject to licensure or certification by the state or federal government, but they must meet all requirements of the Child Care Assistance Program.

Stars for KIDS NOW

STARS for KIDS NOW is Kentucky's voluntary quality rating improvement system for licensed type I, licensed type II and certified family child care homes. This new website provides informational resources to parents, providers and the general public pertaining to the STARS program and links to other early childhood related resources.

To increase public awareness of the STARS for KIDS NOW Program, the Division of Child Care produced a video of several programs participating in STARS for KIDS NOW.  This is Kentucky's voluntary quality rating system for child care providers.  

Professional Development

Professional development provides information on Division of Child Care programs in place to support professional growth and development of early care and education professionals. Links include information on the following professional development initiatives and opportunities: the Kentucky Early Childhood Professional Development Framework, professional development counselors, available educational grants and awards, scholarships, clock hour training approvals and professional state-wide credentials.

Kentucky CCDF State Plan

State and territory administrators were informed this week that the Office of Child Care has changed the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan timeline.  The new deadline for the 2016-2018 State and Territory CCDF Plans is March 1, 2016. The extended CCDF plan development timeline will allow grantees more time to consider how to respond to the new provisions included in the 2014 law that reauthorized the Child Care and Development Block Grant. We anticipate the approval of new plans by June 2016, and the current State and Territory CCDF Plan will be extended until that time. The effective dates for specific provisions in the new law remain the same.

DCC receives funding from the CCDF. For 20 years, the CCDF has made a difference for children, working families and child care providers.

Kentucky CCDF State Plan for FFY 2014-2015

Kentucky CCDF State Plan for FFY 2012-2013


Important Information

Amendments have been made to the Kentucky child care regulation 922 KAR 2:160E, Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). 

How to become a STARS Rated Provider.

Effective July 1, 2012 DPP-156 Central Registry Check will no longer be processed without required accompanying indentifying information on the individual.  

STARS participants are encouraged to review the STARS for KIDS NOW Operations Manual for guidance and understanding of the operational policies, procedures, and regulations governing the STARS program.



Last Updated 5/9/2016