High-quality child care and early education can build a strong foundation for young children's healthy development and ensure that children have all they need to thrive. This knowledge drives CLASP's work to promote policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents. We support policies that expand resources for child care and early education initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels. We also study the relationships between child care subsidy systems, Head Start and Early Head Start, state pre-kindergarten programs, and other birth to five early education efforts, to advance ideas that ensure these systems address the full range of needs of children and families.
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Final Rule Implementing CCDBG Act of 2014 Includes Important Provisions to Support Low-Income Families
Today, the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released final regulations implementing the 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This an important step forward in implementation of the new CCDBG law.
CLASP is thrilled to see provisions included in the rule that will support low-income families in accessing more stable child care assistance to help them go to work or school and to provide important continuity for children. The final rule includes important subsidy provisions that:
- Codify the law’s 12-month eligibility provisions so that children who receive CCDBG-funded child care will be eligible for a minimum of 12 months of assistance, regardless of temporary changes in parents’ employment or participation in education or training, as long as family income does not exceed the maximum federal eligibility level;
- Significantly decrease the reporting requirements for families during their eligibility period so that small changes in family circumstances no longer result in abrupt disruptions to assistance; and
- Establish a graduated phase-out of subsidies that will ensure families keep assistance as their earnings increase above the initial qualifying eligibility levels. .
Additionally, the final rule clarifies for states important health, safety, and quality provisions.
CLASP is gratified that the new regulations reflect many recommendations made by the advocacy community, and we look forward to continue working with state policymakers and advocates as they balance how to realize the important opportunities in the law for low income children and parents with the real cost burden on states given the lack of sufficient federal and state investments to date in child care. CLASP will provide more analysis on the rule and implementation opportunities in the coming weeks.
CCDBG ReauthorizationCLASP resources on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 reauthorization and implementation. READ MORE »
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