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Annual report of children served--report requirement


Comment: One commenter asked the Department to clarify the

child count reporting requirements in §303.721.

Specifically, the commenter asked for clarification on whether States are required to pick one date between October 1st and December 1st and report the count for that date or report cumulatively on every child served between those two dates. Two other commenters stated that the data reported to Congress should not be based on point-in-time counts, but on cumulative counts of all infants and toddlers served during the entire program fiscal year.

One commenter recommended that the Department establish a single due date for all reports that are required to be submitted annually under section 618 of the

Act and §303.721. Another commenter supported the language

in this section because it provides flexibility for States.

Discussion: Section 303.721 describes the annual report of children served under Part C of the Act that is required by section 618 of the Act (as modified by section 642 of the Act). Section 303.721 provides States with the flexibility to determine the specific date between October 1st and

December 1st on which to collect the State’s child count

and service settings data under Part C of the Act. States