Child Care Subsidies
Child care subsidies make quality child care more affordable, support the healthy development of children, and help low-income parents access the child care they need to go to work or to school to support their families. CLASP develops and promotes child care subsidy policies that expand access to assistance for low-income families, improve the quality of child care across settings, and help child care providers access the supports they need to provide high-quality care. We analyze state and national child care subsidy data to help advocates and policymakers better understand state policies and make the case for effective policies. For state child care assistance fact sheets, go to In the States.
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217,000 Children at Risk of Losing CCDBG-Funded Child Care
A new CLASP factsheet projects that up to 217,000 children could lose child care assistance in 2018 if funding for CCDBG is not increased. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families, supports children’s development while strengthening their families’ economic security.
Currently, CCDBG participation is at an all-time low, with the number of children receiving CCDBG-funded child care on the decline for five straight years. At current investment levels, only about 15 percent of children who are eligible receive child care assistance.
An increase of $1.4 billion is needed in FY2018 to fully fund the bipartisan 2014 CCDBG reauthorization without further reducing the number of children served. The reauthorization included new provisions, such as training, professional development, and comprehensive background checks for child care providers. These important provisions require significant investment in CCDBG. Without these new investments – up to 217,000 children could lose child care assistance in 2018. Congress should prioritize investments critical to low-income people, including CCDBG and other vital programs.
- Christine Johnson-Staub and Hannah Matthews | Mar 15, 2017 CCDBG: A Critical Support for Working Families
- Christina Walker and Hannah Matthews | Jan 12, 2017 CCDBG Participation Drops to Historic Low
- Christina Walker and Stephanie Schmit | Mar 15, 2017 A Closer Look At Latino Access to Subsidies
- Anitha Mohan | Jan 12, 2017 Fewer Children, Fewer Providers
- Oct 31, 2016 Final Rule Implementing CCDBG Act of 2014 Includes Important Provisions to Support Low-Income Families
- Cemeré James and Hannah Matthews | Apr 24, 2017 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Racial Equity
- Apr 17, 2017 Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Child Care and Early Education Programs
- Apr 11, 2017 217,000 Children at Risk of Losing CCDBG-Funded Child Care
- Christine Johnson-Staub and Hannah Matthews | Mar 06, 2017 CCDBG: A Critical Support for Working Families
- By Hannah Matthews and Liz Ben-Ishai | Mar 01, 2017 President Trump Wants to Help Working Families, But Which Families?