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Child Care Aware®

Alex the Bear is a short three-minute video that seeks to make the transition to child care exciting, enjoyable and a lot of fun! Join Alex as he prepares for his first adventure in child care.


Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care (OCC) supports low-income families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and after-school programs. OCC also promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and after-school programs. OCC administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and works with state, territory and tribal governments to provide support for children and their families juggling work schedules and struggling to find child care programs to fit their needs and prepare children to succeed in school. Nearly 500,000 child care providers serve 1.5 million low-income children who receive subsidies each month.

View the joint memorandum from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, and Office of Refugee Resettlement: Information Memorandum - Refugee Resettlement and Child Care Partnerships: Partnering to Increase Refugee Families’ Access to High-Quality Child Care

Through the Office of Child Care's Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN) and federal leadership, the OCC provides training and technical assistance to states, territories, tribes and local communities. This involves assessing Child Care and Development Fund grantees' needs, identifying innovations in child care administration, and promoting the dissemination and replication of solutions to the challenges that grantees and local child care programs face. OCC's technical assistance helps states, territories, tribes and local communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children. As of Oct. 1, 2012, OCC’s Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN) is comprised of:

  1. Child Care Aware  ®  
  2. Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
  3. Child Care Communications Management Center
  4. Child Care State Systems Specialist Network
  5. Healthy Child Care America
  6. National Center on Child Care Data and Technology
  7. National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives
  8. National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement
  9. National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability
  10. National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation


Office of Head Start

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Over a million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Since 1965, nearly 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness. Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system supports program staff in their delivery of quality services to children and families.

The current system consists of three levels of T/TA: national, state or regional, and grantee. While each level has distinct and unique functions, they are designed to complement each other. Structured, high-quality T/TA best supports the school readiness of all children and families. See www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/assistance for more information.

Leading the delivery of T/TA at the national level are six centers:


NCCLR provides the Head Start community with research-based information, practices, and strategies to ensure optimal academic and social progress for linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families.

Refugee Families - Includes resources such as: A Handbook on ‘Raising Young Children in a New Country’ offered in English, Arabic, and Spanish versions; Head Start and Refugee Provider Communication Guide; Cultural Background Fact Sheets; and more.

Head Start program performance standards and other regulations, program instructions, and policy clarifications.


Office of Refugee Resettlement

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with opportunities to maximize their potential in the United States, linking people in need to critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of U.S. American society.

Find resources such as ORR newsletters; ORR technical assistance materials, including the Rainbow Welcome Initiative’s Best Practices and Successes from the Field and a 2013 Cultural Orientation Guidebook for Refugees; a series of print and web materials to support unauthorized practices of immigration law initiative, including ‘The Wrong Help Can Hurt’ video; and more.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services Resources: Click here

Serves newly arriving refugee students (ages 5 to 18) through various school supports and their families through parent involvement programs.

MED aims to help refugees start, expand, or maintain a small business through business plan development, management, book-keeping, micro-loans and marketing. ORR recently started a new MED home-based child care initiative to enable primarily refugee women to become entrepreneurs while simultaneously caring for their own children.