Fewer Children Received CCDBG-Funded Assistance in 2008

Dec 02, 2009

By Hannah Matthews

According to preliminary data from the Child Care Bureau, 1.6 million children received child care assistance funded through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program in 2008. This was a decrease of more than 106,000 children from the previous year-and the smallest number of children served this decade. A majority of states (29) served fewer children in 2008 than in 2007, while 19 states served more children. 

This decrease in the number of children served through this funding source is concerning given that CLASP has previously reported that the number of children birth to age 13 living in low\xe2\x80\x90income households (those earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level) has grown in recent years. With the need for assistance growing and fewer children receiving help, it may be that a smaller share of eligible children are receiving child care assistance today, as compared to 2000, when CLASP calculated that one in seven eligible children received help. 

Additional data on children and families receiving CCDBG-funded assistance is available in a new fact sheet from CLASP, Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2008. The fact sheet reviews data, including the ages of children receiving assistance, the types of child care settings used, and the reasons families receive assistance. State-by-state profiles of CCDBG participation are also available on our website. In addition, CLASP's DataFinder tool has been updated to enable users to create and download custom tables on state and national CCDBG participation.

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