State CCDBG Plans to Promote Competitive Compensation and Benefits

Dec 22, 2009

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the largest source of federal funding for child care available to states. Every two years, states must lay out their plans for using all CCDBG funds to help low-income families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children, including infants and toddlers. Below are examples of promising child care licensing, subsidy, and quality enhancement policies and initiatives supporting infant/toddler care as reported by states in their FFY 2008-2009 CCDBG plans.

Actions taken by states to provide access to promote continuity of care included:

 

Providing salary stipends/enhancements

  • Wisconsin reported that the state used CCDBG infant/toddler set-aside dollars to fundthe R.E.W.A.R.D. Stipend Program. The program aimed to increase retention and compensation rates in the early childhood workforce by awarding providers with salary stipends based on educational attainment and experience in the field. At the time that the CCDBG plan was submitted, the state could not yet report on results of the program. The state planned to establish measurable outcomes and goals of the program within the next two years.

Offering grants to improve retention:

  • Minnesota offered a workforce retention program called Retaining Early Educators Through Attaining Incentives Now (R.E.E.T.A.I.N.), which distributed grants that recipients were free to use as they chose. The purpose of the grants was to increase retention rates and quality in the early childhood field. The state targeted 75 percent of R.E.E.T.A.I.N. grants for infant/toddler providers. From 2005-2006, infant/toddler providers comprised about 85 percent (160 of 188 providers) of R.E.E.T.A.I.N. grantees. 
     
  • California had two programs that aimed to improve retention rates: the CDE Child Care Staff Retention Program and the Matching Funds for Retention incentive program. Evaluations conducted by the state revealed that 12,594 center-based and family child care providers had received stipend awards from the programs. Of these providers, 5,181 worked with infants and toddlers.
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