Total Combined Child Care Spending (in billions), 1997-2012

Total combined child care spending (including federal and state CCDBG and TANF funds) fell from $12.9 billion in 2011 to $11.4 billion in 2012, the most recent year for which data are available. This was the lowest level of spending since 2002. While the bulk of the decline was the result of decreased spending in CCDBG, spending reductions in the TANF program in 2012 and in previous years contributed significantly.

Total spending in 2012 included:

  • $8.6 billion in state and federal CCDBG funds;
  • $1.2 billion in federal TANF funds spent directly on child care; and
  • $1.6 billion in additional state TANF MOE.

Child care subsidy expenditures fell to a 10-year low in 2012.


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