TANF Child Care Spending, 1998-2012

Federal TANF funds used for child care, including direct spending and transfers to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, have reached the lowest level since 1998. During the early years of TANF, the amount directed to child care grew from $1.2 billion in 1998 to a high of $4 billion in 2000. That figure then began to fall until reaching $2.6 billion in 2012, according to the latest data from the Administration for Children and Families. Thirty states are using fewer TANF funds for child care as compared to 2000, with California accounting for 75 percent of the total drop. Most of the decline was in TANF transfers to CCDBG, which fell from $2.4 billion in 2000 to $1.4 billion in 2012.

For more information, see TANF Child Care in 2012: How Low Can It Go?

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