Between 2011 and 2016, new federal legislation increased accountability requirements for states surrounding use of subsidy funds, so OCC looked to WRMA to expand supports for states in this area. The Subsidy Center became the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) and WRMA brought on program integrity experts to provide resources, toolkits, and technical assistance in that arena to align with OCC’s strategic direction.
OCC re-awarded the NCSIA contract to WRMA in 2018 at which point OCC increased WRMA’s NCSIA staff capacity by 300%. WRMA expanded the company’s existing team of early childhood experts, bringing on subject matter experts and former state administrators, shaping a talented and cohesive team to fulfill OCC’s expanded vision.
Today WRMA’s NCSIA team provides technical assistance, resources, and toolkits on a wide range of topic areas related to state, territory, and tribes’ use of subsidy funds including:
- Providing stable child care financial assistance to families
- Ensuring equal access to child care for low-income families
- Child care eligibility policies
- Data systems
- Comprehensive background checks to support increased health and safety of children in care
- Fiscal management
- Strategic planning
- Program integrity
- Improper payments
The team provides technical assistance via on-site and virtual visits, telephone consultation, facilitated peer-to-peer calls, open space sessions, webinars, conference presentations, and written products.