National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability

The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (SIAC) provides technical assistance to Child Care and Development Fund programs in developing child care subsidy systems that are child-focused, family-friendly, and fair to providers. SIAC works with grantees to help them reach goals related to subsidy eligibility, integrating quality and subsidy, strengthening program integrity, payment rules, rate setting, and other policies and practices that support providing high-quality care to more children from low-income families.


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The Grantee Internal Controls Self-Assessment Instrument assists grantees in assessing how well their policies and procedures meet CCDF's regulatory requirements in the areas of program integrity and financial accountability.

The Market Rate Survey Series consists of briefs addressing topics to include: planning a market rate survey, data sources, designing and conducting the survey, analyzing the results, and reporting and using results.

The State Median Income and Federal Poverty Level Calculation Tool assists states and territories with calculating annual and monthly SMI estimates and FPL levels for determining income eligibility and family copayments for their child care subsidy programs.

Criminal background check resources are available that break down the requirements into easier to understand language.

Guidance on Estimating and Reporting the Costs of Child Care aims to support Lead Agencies and their partners as they create cost estimates, prepare detailed reports, and use cost estimates to inform their rate setting.

Financing and Budgeting for Early Care and Education Facilities provides information about how to budget for and secure funds to purchase and maintain quality facilities. State leaders will find this guidebook a helpful resource to pass along to child care programs in their States. This guide supports leaders in being innovative in acquiring unique sources of funds to make improvements to existing facilities or to build new ones.

Promoting Partnerships in Tribal Programs highlights areas in which CCDF and Head Start and Early Head Start policies closely align and can support partnerships in tribal communities. It reflects changes that are required under the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 and new regulations specific to Tribal Lead Agencies receiving medium and large CCDF allocations (those receiving $250,000 or more) and the requirements outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards.