State CCDBG Plans to Build the Supply of Quality Care
Dec 22, 2009 | Child Care & Early Education
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 promote access to build the supply of quality care included:
- Creating grant opportunities
- Establishing partnerships with child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies
- Nevada offered mini-grants to increase the number of available infant/toddler slots and to make quality improvements in licensed child care facilities.
- North Carolina offered expansion grants for infant/toddler slots. The state reported that as of June 2006, 245 new infant/toddler new slots had been created as a result of the expansion grants. All the grantees were in four and five star settings in the state's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).
- Hampshire awarded up to $4,000 in equipment grants for centers and up to $1,500 for family child care homes for providers that participated in an Infant/Toddler Graduate Seminar at Wheelock College. The state reported that 30 center directors and lead infant/toddler teachers had participated since 2000.
- South Dakota reported that regulated caregivers that completed 20 hours of infant/toddler training could apply for a $200 mini-grant. The mini-grant could be used for the purchase of infant/toddler-specific resources.
- Rhode Island offered grants to providers to increase the supply of child care or participate in quality improvement activities. Priority was given to hard-to-find child care, such as infant and toddler care and child care in underserved communities, as well as to activities such as accreditation that improved the quality of care.
- Kansas' child care agency partnered with the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (KACCRRA) to recruit providers to serve children who received child care subsidies. Infant/toddler specialists from KACCRRA provided technical assistance and training to providers. The state also created recruitment materials to increase the supply of child care.