Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I-B. Access to Quality Child Care Fund.


§ 7–2021.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) "Child development facility" means a center, home, or other structure that provides care and other services, supervision, and guidance for children, infants, and toddlers on a regular basis, regardless of its designated name. The term "child development facility" does not include a public or private elementary or secondary school engaged in legally required educational and related functions or a pre-kindergarten education program licensed pursuant to Chapter 2A of Title 38.

(2) "Infant" means an individual younger than 12 months of age.

(3) "Operator" means an individual or entity that owns or is responsible for the operations of a child development facility.

(4) "OSSE" means the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, established by § 38-2601.

(5) "Subsidized child care" means part-time or full-time child care services, subsidized in whole or in part to eligible families pursuant to local and federal law, including §§ 4-404.01 and 4-405, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, approved November 19, 2014 (128 Stat. 1971; 42 U.S.C. § 9858, note).

(6) "Toddler" means an individual older than 12 months but younger than 36 months of age.


(Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 4102, 64 DCR 7652.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 4102 of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017, effective October 24, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167; 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 4102 of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017, effective July 20, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104; 64 DCR 7032).


§ 7–2021.02. Access to Quality Child Care Fund.

(a) There is established as a special fund the Access to Quality Child Care Fund ("Fund"), which shall be administered by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in accordance with § 7-2021.03 and subsection (c) of this section.

(b) There shall be deposited into the Fund:

(1) In Fiscal Year 2018, $11 million from local appropriations; and

(2) Private donations, gifts, and grants.

(c) Money in the Fund shall be used to provide grants or contracts to fund the following activities that expand access to child care:

(1) Improving the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers, which may include establishing new or expanding existing child development facilities serving infants and toddlers; provided, that at least 50% of amounts expended pursuant to this paragraph are used to improve the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers eligible for subsidized child care;

(2) Supporting the costs of certification, higher education, and credentialing of child development facility staff;

(3) Providing technical assistance and training to child development facility operators to support compliance with the licensure process or efficient and effective operations;

(4) Evaluating and assessing the availability, quality, and willingness of child development facility operators to expand services for infants and toddlers in the District and conducting studies authorized pursuant to subchapter I-A of this chapter; and

(5) Carrying out other activities as determined by OSSE related to expanding access to infant and toddler child care and improving the quality of child care services provided in the District.

(d)(1) The money deposited into the Fund shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time.

(2) Subject to authorization in an approved budget and financial plan, any funds appropriated in the Fund shall be continually available without regard to fiscal year limitation.


(Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 4103, 64 DCR 7652.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 4103 of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017, effective October 24, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167; 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 4103 of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017, effective July 20, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104; 64 DCR 7032).


§ 7–2021.03. Access to quality child care grant-making authority.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall award funds from the Access to Quality Child Care Fund available pursuant to § 7-2021.02(c)(1), on a competitive basis, as grants to:

(1) Organizations that provide child care services to infants and toddlers to open child development facilities;

(2) Existing child development facilities to expand available space to serve infants and toddlers; or

(3) Organizations that provide child care services to carry out other activities necessary to expand access to child care and improve the quality of child care services provided in the District consistent with the findings of the evaluation and studies conducted pursuant to § 7-2021.02(c)(4).

(b)(1) The OSSE may award a grant or contract to a single nonprofit organization that does not provide child care services to infants and toddlers; provided, that:

(A) The grantee or contractor has a proven track record of success in grant-making related to child development facilities;

(B) The grantee or contractor agrees to use 90% of OSSE's award to award subgrants to organizations that provide child care services, for the purposes of expanding child care services in accordance with the terms of this section;

(C) The grantee or contractor agrees to undergo an annual audit and submit quarterly reports to OSSE on its financial health and its use of the OSSE award; and

(D) The grantee or contractor has a proven track record in providing financing and investment approaches and technical assistance in child development facility financing and development.

(2) A grant or contract awarded pursuant to this subsection shall be awarded for a term of at least 2 years, subject to the availability of funding.

(3)(A) The grantee or contractor shall award subgrants for terms of at least 2 years, subject to the availability of funding.

(B) All subgrants of District funds shall be awarded on a competitive basis.

(C) Subgrants shall be awarded for the following purposes:

(i) Improving the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers, which may include establishing new, renovating existing, or expanding child development facilities serving infants and toddlers; or

(ii) Carrying out other activities necessary to expand access to child care and improving the quality of child care services provided in the District consistent with the findings of the evaluation and studies conducted pursuant to § 7-2021.02(c)(4).

(c) At least 50% of amounts awarded under this section shall be used to improve the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers eligible for subsidized child care.

(d) The OSSE may not award a grant or contract under this section in excess of $1 million during a 12-month period, either singularly or cumulatively, unless the grant is first submitted to the Council for approval, in accordance with § 1-204.51(b), or by act.


(Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 4104, 64 DCR 7652.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 4104 of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017, effective October 24, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167; 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 4104 of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017, effective July 20, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104; 64 DCR 7032).