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Priority Groups

CCDF regulations require Lead Agencies to give priority for child care assistance to children with special needs, living in families with very low incomes, and experiencing homelessness. The Lead Agency may define these groups and others as higher priority than other families and children. The state can choose to guarantee subsidy eligibility or serve them first when funding is limited and the state implements a waiting list or program closure. Lead Agencies may specify other policies for priority groups, such as differential rates or quality funds for providers.