Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Child Care Subsidy Plan (CCSP)

As part of our mission to support family child care providers in Maine FCCAM Public Policy Committee is passing along an email we just received. All providers should have also received this.

Here’s a direct link for a clean copy of the proposed rule.


DATE: July 2, 2019
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Todd Landry, Director, Office of Child and Family Services

SUBJECT: Proposed: Chapter 10, Child Care Subsidy Rules; Section 148, Chapter 6 Child Care Development Fund

The rule is being proposed to clarify program definitions and program eligibility standards. The proposed rule will repeal and replace the existing rule and will implement the federal regulations at 45.CFR.98.11. The rules will incorporate current best practices and federal requirements under
the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 in the operation of the Child Care Subsidy Program.

The Child Care and Development Fund (“CCDF”) Block Grant Act of 1990 requires the Lead Agency to “administer, directly, or through other governmental or non-governmental agencies” the funds received. The regulations at 45 CFR 98.11 provide that, in addition to retaining “overall responsibilities” for the administration of the program, the Lead Agency must also (among other things) promulgate all rules and regulations governing the overall administration of the CCDF program. 10-148, C.M.R. 6, Child Care Subsidy Program Rules implement the regulations at 45.CFR 98.11.

The rules propose to clarify program definitions, program eligibility standards and to comply with federal changes within The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The rule has been updated to ensure compliance with the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) Reauthorization Regulatory Changes that went into
effect 09/23/2016

Rules and related rulemaking documents may be reviewed at, and printed from, the Department of Health and Human Services website at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/policy.shtml. For a fee, interested parties may request a paper copy of the rules by calling 207-624-7900. For those
who are deaf or hard of hearing and have a TTY machine, the TTY number is 711.

Please address all comments to the agency contact person identified in the Notice of Agency Rule-making Proposal.

Thank you.


The public hearing on the CCSP will be July 23, 2019 at 6PM at the Maine State Library, Portland and Bangor DHHS Offices.

It is our understanding that there is also a video conference option. For that information contact:

Crystal Arbour / Child Care Services Program Manager / 207-626-8683 / Crystal.Arbour@maine.gov