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Apr 1, 2015  |  PERMALINK »

CLASP Publishes Guide for States on CCDBG Reauthorization

By Hannah Matthews

Today, CLASP and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released an implementation guide for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization.

In November 2014, with broad bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized CCDBG (the major federal child care program) for the first time since 1996. The new law strengthens CCDBG’s dual role as a major early childhood education program and a work support for low-income families.

Key provisions in the law support the following goals:

  • Protecting the health and safety of children in care through more consistent standards and monitoring of standards;
  • Improving the quality of care, including through increased supports for child care providers; and
  • Enabling families to more easily access child care assistance that supports stable and continuous care and that can be coordinated with other programs.

This implementation guide is designed to help policymak­ers and advocates gain a better understanding of what is entailed in fully implementing the law. It summarizes and analyzes key sections of the reauthorization, offering recommendations and areas of caution for states. It also includes a detailed chart compar­ing specific provisions of the new law with those of the previous law, an implementation timeline, a checklist indicating state compliance with select provisions of the law, a summary of the law, and state-by-state information on CCDBG funding and children served.

To fulfill the goals of the legislation, states will need to be strategic and thoughtful about implementation, including paying careful attention to the funding necessary to carry out the provisions. Unlike previous reautho­rizations, this law was not accompanied with a guarantee of new federal funds—and in many states, the new law will have substantial costs. Additional federal and state resources will be essential to ensure that states do not make tradeoffs that would undermine the reauthorization's goals and further reduce the number of children served, which is already at historic lows.

To achieve the full vision of the CCDBG reauthorization and avoid tradeoffs that harm children and families—and the child care providers who serve them—thoughtful implementation and new resources will be essential. CLASP and NWLC will continue to work closely with those involved in implementing the law in states and at the federal level to realize the potential benefits of the reauthorization.

Read Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization>>

Register for the CLASP/NWLC CCDBG Implementation webinar on April 15, from 2-3pm EDT >>

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