National Child Care Information
Child Care Information Center (NCCIC),
a project of the Child Care Bureau, Administration
for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS), is
a national resource that links information
and people to complement, enhance, and
promote the child care delivery system,
working to ensure that all children and
families have access to high-quality comprehensive
NCCIC activities include:
- Dissemination of child care information
in response to requests from states, territories,
and tribes; other policy makers; child
care organizations; providers; business
communities; parents; and the general public.
- Outreach to ACF child care grantees and
the broader child care community via a
toll-free 800 phone and fax, and through
mail and electronic media to provide the
following information and connections:
- Electronic resources and databases.
- Clearinghouses and national organizations.
- Sources of child care financing.
- Current research.
- State, territorial, and tribal
- Promising practices.
- Other child care resources.
- The Child Care Bulletin, published
each year and distributed to federal agencies,
ACF child care grantees, national child
care organizations, and others interested
in child care issues. The NCCIC also develops
and disseminates publications on key child
- Child care linkages. The NCCIC convenes
quarterly meetings of the National Child
Care Organizations work group to collect
information and resources on current activities.
- State Technical Assistance. Working closely
with ACF Regional offices, the NCCIC provides
technical assistance to states through
a network of state technical assistance
- National Leadership Forums provide an
opportunity for experts from across the
country to participate in one-day conferences
on critical issues affecting children and
- QUILT - Quality in Linking Together an initiative
developed by the Head Start and Child Care
Bureaus to support early education partnerships.
The QUILT team includes Community Development
Institute (CDI) and Education Development
Center (EDC). Technical assistance hotline:
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