42 USC 9858b - Lead agency

(a) Designation 
The chief executive officer of a State desiring to receive a grant under this subchapter shall designate, in an application submitted to the Secretary under section 9858c of this title, an appropriate State agency that complies with the requirements of subsection (b) of this section to act as the lead agency.
(b) Duties 

(1) In general 
The lead agency shall
(A) administer, directly or through other governmental or nongovernmental agencies, the financial assistance received under this subchapter by the State;

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(B) develop the State plan to be submitted to the Secretary under section 9858c (a) of this title;
(C) in conjunction with the development of the State plan as required under subparagraph (B), hold at least one hearing in the State with sufficient time and Statewide distribution of the notice of such hearing, to provide to the public an opportunity to comment on the provision of child care services under the State plan; and
(D) coordinate the provision of services under this subchapter with other Federal, State and local child care and early childhood development programs.
(2) Development of plan 
In the development of the State plan described in paragraph (1)(B), the lead agency shall consult with appropriate representatives of units of general purpose local government.