Child Care Assistance in 2009: State spending falls slightly

Mar 18, 2011

By Hannah Matthews

View state-specific fact sheets on child care assistance spending in 2009. 

Total spending on child care assistance (CCDBG and TANF-related funds) declined slightly from $12.6 billion in 2008 to $12.4 billion in 2009, according to CLASP analysis of recently released data from the Office of Child Care. State spending patterns varied greatly, with 33 states increasing overall spending and 18 states making cuts.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds were critical in holding off further state cuts to child care programs. The 2009 expenditures include $260 million in ARRA funds that became available February 2009. Without these funds, state expenditures would likely have declined even further and an additional seven states would have cut spending on child care.  Unfortunately, these funds are now largely spent and states are struggling to keep their programs together in the face of continued budget crises.

In 2009, an estimated 1.6 million children received child care through CCDBG. The number of children served through all sources (CCDBG, TANF and SSBG) is estimated at 2.5 million. Yet, HHS estimates that only one in six eligible-children receives assistance.

Read about state trends in child care spending and participation in Child Care Assistance in 2009: Spending Update. State specific fact sheets are also available here.

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