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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Equal access and market rate surveys are important concepts for CCDF leaders. Market rate surveys can impact payment rates, which must be sufficient to ensure equal access. 

Collaboration Between CCDF and TANF to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Working Families outlines why collaboration with TANF is important and the beginning steps in collaboration. It also offers examples of how CCDF and TANF can collaborate, including various state initiatives and highlights fiscal considerations for both programs.

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 CCDF Fraud Toolkit is an evolving resource designed to assist CCDF Lead Agencies in increasing program integrity and accountability and decreasing fraud within their child care programs.

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.