Research and Technical Assistance

State and Tribal Child Care Plans

All states, territories and tribes must submit comprehensive plans every two years and conduct public hearings to invite public comment.


Fiscal year 2012 funding includes approximately $10 million for child care research, demonstration, and evaluation activities. These funds are increasing the capacity for child care research at the national, state, and local levels while addressing critical questions with implications for children and families. Funds have been awarded to support individual project areas, including policy research, research partnerships, research scholars, and a web-based archive known as Child Care and Early Education Research Connections.

Technical Assistance

One-fourth of one percent of the CCDF total is used by the Office of Child Care to provide technical assistance to address the needs of states, territories, and tribes administering the CCDF programs. The technical assistance network includes the following projects:

  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
  • Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
  • Child Care Communications Management Center
  • Child Care State Systems Specialist Network
  • Healthy Child Care America
  • National Center on Child Care Data and Technology
  • National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives
  • National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement
  • National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability
  • National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation

Project descriptions are available here.