Tracking ARRA Child Care Funds: November Update
Nov 24, 2009
Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) ARRA funds are available until September 30, 2010. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues weekly reports tracking state outlays of ARRA funds. As of November 13, states, territories, and tribes have drawn down a total of $244.8 million in child care funds, or 12 percent of the $2 billion allocation.
Nine states currently report that they have not drawn down any funds (Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, which we count as a state). Seven states (Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Ohio, and Oregon) have drawn down over 50 percent of allocated dollars. Please note that ARRA reporting of state outlays includes any tribal funds drawn down within the state.
CLASP has previously written about the reasons that some states appear to be drawing down ARRA funds relatively slowly, which in part has to do with CCDBG laws that limit the amount states may draw down at once.
While ARRA funds are meant to be spent quickly to serve more families and improve the quality of care, states are appropriately considering what policy changes may be most effective to help families and make systematic improvements in their child care programs. Pennsylvania, for example, has not yet drawn down any funds, but has announced a plan to serve an additional 2,100 from their waiting list and to invest tiered reimbursement in the Keystone Starts quality rating system.