If you are not part of a low-income family with small children, you may not have heard of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Similar to the Medicaid program, CCDF is a joint program between the federal government and the states that provides child care subsidies to eligible low-income families so the parent(s) or legal guardian can work or attend school.
In 2015, under the CCDF program, the federal government paid $5.4 billion and the states contributed a combined $2.2 billion to provide child care to 1.5 million children per month. Of those monies, Florida received nearly $274 million in federal funding and provided child care subsidies to 213,000 eligible children.
As with any government program, there is a potential for fraud. A report recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General estimates that in 2015, $311 million in false claims were submitted to the CCDF program. The potential for fraud includes false claims made by both clients receiving the subsidies and child care providers.