Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The overarching goal of the Child Care Subsidy Program is to improve equitable access to high quality affordable child care options for eligible families, ultimately improving children’s school readiness for kindergarten. Virginia will accomplish this implementing policies and processes that: 1. Are flexible and responsive to families’ needs and realities; 2. Prioritize higher levels of support to families with the fewest resources; and 3. Ensure families have equal access to the broad array of child care options. Child care services are child-centered, family-focused services that support the family goals of economic self-sufficiency and child development by providing for the supervision, protection and well-being of the child while the parent is participating in an approved activity. The purpose of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. Toward this end, guidance and service strategies are designed to meet the following goals: 1. To provide low-income and otherwise eligible families with the financial resources to find and afford quality child care. 2. To ensure that the child care program contributes to the broader objective of self-sufficiency. 3. To provide child care to children with parents who are trying to achieve independence from public assistance. 4. To promote parental choice in the selection of child care. 5. To empower working parents to make their own decisions regarding the child care that best suits their family’s needs. 6. To provide consumer education to help parents make informed choices about child care. 7. To ensure that subsidy dollars are provided to the neediest families. 8. To enhance the quality as defined by VQB5, Virginia’s new statewide measurement and improvement system, and increase the supply of child care for all families. 9. To improve the coordination among child care programs and early childhood development programs in partnership with Virginia’s Ready Regions. 10. To design a flexible program that provides for the changing needs of recipient families and engage families in their children's development and learning. 11. To provide uninterrupted services to families and providers, to the extent of available funding, to support parental education, training, job search, and employment and continuity of care that minimizes disruptions to children's learning and development.
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8/30/22  10:45 am
Commenter: Anonymous


I am a childcare worker and have noticed the following issues with current guidelines.  

  1. Job search.  I completely understand allowing job search as a valid need to CC; however, there should be some regulations with this.  I have parents who are not working, and have not worked since receiving the care over a year ago - yet they still claim they are doing a job search.   At the least: at redetermination if the parent is not, nor has not worked in the past 12 months, the need of job search is should no longer be valid.  If they've worked, but lost that job and in another job search, that would be acceptable.  The problem is spots for children at the centers.  Parents who are working are not able to find spots for their children.  
  2. Increased income limits.  This should not be limited to families with children under 5 or not yet in Kindergarten.  Parents with school age children need after care and care on the many, many non-school days (teacher work days, inclement weather days, holidays and summer).  Many times these 5, 6, 7 year old children are "being cared for" by a 11, 12, 13 year old sibling; or worse, going home to an empty house 'for only 20- 30 minutes".  This is just not acceptable.  

Please take these two items in consideration in future policy.  

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