The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal and state partnership program designed to provide financial assistance to low-income families to access child care, so they can work or attend a job training or educational program. In addition to funding child care assistance to more that 1.4 million children each month, the program helps drive provider quality through training and monitoring, and helps parents make informed child care choices.
In order to access CCDF funds, and to ensure effective monitoring of quality standards, states are required to meet certain requirements, including maintaining a hotline for incident reporting, and to provide public reporting on monitoring and inspection activity. For many agencies this presents a significant new administrative challenge, particularly where data accuracy and security are so important. Paper-based processes would be prone to inconsistency and the risk of data loss, in addition to making publishing a challenge.