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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9/28/22  5:29 pm
Commenter: Virginia Promise Partnership

Virginia Promise Partnership: Parent and Provider Feedback on the CCSP

Virginia Promise Partnership (VPP) is a coalition of 30 leading organizations committed to securing quality, affordable child care for all Virginia families by 2030. We center our work around the voices of Virginia’s parents and providers through our Parent and Provider Advisories, who represent a diverse group of parents and providers from across Virginia.


The Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) is a critical program for many Virginia families which provides access to quality early learning and care. In general, our parents and providers have an awareness of the program and eligibility levels, believe that the program operates effectively, and they are appreciative of the access provided. 


One provider/guardian from the Roanoke Valley area stated that most of the families in her center are receiving benefits from this program, and that they only have a few families that are not eligible.


Some parents suggested more training for providers on how to fix the card “readers” for the VA Electronic Child Care system when they are not functioning. When a “reader” is broken, there is a tedious process to repair it and the alternate methods of attendance tracking are burdensome. More instruction or reminders may be needed for parents about checking in and out of the system, as well as the availability of assistance with the technology. 


The majority of our parents and providers noted that the CCSP has been a great asset for families. VPP appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback on this important program. 


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