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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9/2/22  11:07 pm
Commenter: Anonymous


First of all, thanks so much for the increase.  I have a few suggestions; first it is very challenging to get parents to swipe in and as a director I spend a lot of time trying to monitor this so that we can get paid.  I would suggest providers get paid per enrollment and not per attendance/ swipes. Also we close our center for vacation two weeks a year (once in summer and once in winter) I believe this is necessary to avoid staff burn out, so that we can provide quality care, I believe providers should not have to lose pay when we are closed for vacation; and families should not have to take on that charge because they may have to find someone else to care for their child.  

I also believe the annual registration fee should be increased to at least $150 as that fee is typically used for annual books and supplies needed to provide high quality care.

The fee should be increased for all ages; it looks as if there isn’t an increase or a minimum increase for children 2 and older.  Why?  We are still providing quality care to them and still need staff and everything else for them.  

I also believe that before and after school rates should be full time rates because we have to reserve a slot for those children and hire full-time staff for them.   It is much appreciated what you have done and it would be nice to just fixed this all once ain’t for all right now 

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