CCDF Policies Database 2009-2020 Data Released by the Child and Family Data Archive!

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CCDF Policies Database 2009-2020 Data Released by the Child and Family Data Archive!

The Child and Family Data Archive (CFData) is pleased to announce the release of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database, 2009-2020 (ICPSR 38288). 

CCDF provides federal money to states and territories to provide assistance to low-income families, to obtain quality child care so they can work, attend training, or receive education. Within the broad federal parameters, states and territories set the detailed policies. Detailed, longitudinal analytic data files provide CCDF policy information for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the United States Territories and outlying areas that capture the policies actually in effect at a point in time, rather than proposals or legislation. The data capture changes throughout each year, allowing users to access the policies in place at any point in time between October 2009 and 2020. 

The February 2023 OPRE fact sheet has instructions for searching the online CCDF Policies Database to locate the information about state and territory policy changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The same steps can be used with the database downloaded from CFData.

The data are organized into 32 categories with each category of variables separated into its own dataset. The categories span five general areas of policy with selected policy information from the annual Book of Tables also provided as supplemental data files. Beginning with the 2020 files, the datasets drawn from the Book of Tables show policy information that is either not readily available in the database or that requires users to reference several database variables to determine the policy. More information is available in the User Guide for the supplemental data.

These data are downloadable from our website. For more information or for assistance with accessing the data, please contact us at

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Feb 27, 2023

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