The national partners and organizations signed below are writing to request immediate and clear guidance from
the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to state Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
administrators and lead agencies regarding policy choices that can help child care providers and the families they
serve remain operable, financially stable and, to the degree possible, open during and after the ongoing COVID-
19/coronavirus crisis.

While we are simultaneously urging Congress to invest additional, significant, emergency, and flexible funds to
support child care and early learning programs at this time, we believe states must hear clearly and directly that
within existing federal policy they can make a set of practical policy decisions that help protect all types of child
care providers, including family child care and community-based centers, from economic crisis and closure, and
help provide continuity of care for children and families.