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- Oct 27, 2014 | Hannah Matthews Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation at a 15-Year Low Participation in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has fallen for the third consecutive year to a 15-year low. Fewer children were served in 2013 than in 1998.
- Mar 27, 2014 | Liz Ben-Ishai, Hannah Matthews and Jodie Levin-Epstein Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care CLASP brief explores the relationship between job scheduling and child care.
- Aug 26, 2014 | Hannah Matthews and Rhiannon Reeves Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2012 Based on preliminary state-reported data from the federal Office of Child Care, this fact sheet provides a snapshot of CCDBG program participation in 2012, noting the great variability in child care assistance programs among states.
Jul 24, 2014
| Hannah Matthews and Christina Walker
Child Care Assistance: Helping Parents Work and Children Succeed
Quality child care enables parents to work or go to school while also providing young children with the early childhood education experiences needed for healthy development. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal program that provides funding for child care assistance for low-income working parents. Child care assistance is a vital public investment that increases the sustainability of employment for low-income parents and provides stability for parents struggling to gain economic security. It also allows many parents to access higher quality care than they could otherwise afford.
Jun 02, 2014
| Gina Adams (UI) and Hannah Matthews (CLASP)
A New Vision for Child Care
This brief is based on Confronting the Child Care Eligibility Maze: Simplifying Child Care and Aligning with Other Work Supports, an in-depth guide to the policies and practices that allow states to simplify and align child care assistance, improve service delivery for clients, and reduce administrative burden for agencies.
Apr 14, 2014
| Hannah Matthews
State Child Care Subsidy Policies that Support Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: A Tool for States
State Child Care Subsidy Policies that Support Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: A Tool for States provides a menu of state child care assistance policies that states could consider to improve continuity and stability for children and families in the subsidy system and to support child care providers receiving child care subsidy payments.
- Feb 14, 2014 | Olivia Golden and Hannah Matthews CLASP Comments on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships CLASP offered comments to the Administration for Children and Families on the upcoming Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships funding opportunity.
- Dec 09, 2013 | Hannah Matthews, Gina Adams (The Urban Institute) Confronting the Child Care Eligibility Maze: Simplifying and Aligning with Other Work Supports This report helps states confront burdensome administrative processes that make it difficult for low-income families to get and keep child care benefits, and the cumulative challenges clients face in trying to access other benefits for which they are eligible (i.e. SNAP/Medicaid). Through concrete policy ideas and examples from states across the country, it offers an in-depth guide to help states not only simplify child care subsidy policies, but also to align child care policies with other work supports. With this information, states can identify strategies to improve access and retention of benefits, while improving service delivery and reducing administrative burden.
- Mar 25, 2014 | Olivia Golden Testimony to U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education: Why CCDBG Matters to Low-Income Working Parents and Their Children. CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden's testified before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education to advocate for the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).
Feb 20, 2014
| Hannah Matthews and Stephanie Schmit
Child Care Assistance Spending and Participation in 2012
New analysis from CLASP shows state spending on child care assistance, including funds from two federal programs—the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant—at a 10-year low and the number of children receiving CCDBG-funded assistance at a 14-year low.
- Jan 01, 2014 | Stephanie Schmit and Hannah Matthews Investing InYoung Children Factsheet
- Sep 09, 2013 | Stephanie Schmit and Hannah Matthews Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies A new CLASP report provides a national picture of infant-toddler child care policies and finds that, collectively, states could be doing far better meeting the needs of our youngest children and their families.
- Nov 25, 2013 | Stephanie Schmit and Hannah Matthews Caring for Babies: How State Child Care Policies Can Support Infants and Toddlers
- Oct 20, 2013 Child Care Assistance Policies: At a Pivot Point
- Dec 13, 2013 | Tom Salyers and Hannah Matthews CLASP Q& A on Budget Deal As pundits dissect the proposed budget deal hammered out by the committee co-chaired by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), CLASP is examining the proposal with a focus on how it affects low-income children, families and individuals. Following are questions about the deal with responses from several CLASP experts.
- Oct 01, 2013 | Hannah Matthews Impact of Government Shutdown On Child Care and Early Education Programs Congress did not enact a continuing resolution bill by midnight September 30, thereby triggering a partial government shutdown effective October 1. We hope that most child care and early education programs will continue operating as usual, but that will depend on how long the shutdown lasts and the circumstances of individual states.
- Nov 20, 2012 | Emily Firgens and Hannah Matthews State Child Care Policies for Limited English Proficient Families The most recent set of CCDBG state plans for FFY 2012-2013 offer insight into how states' activities and policies are targeted toward LEP and immigrant families, children, and providers. We provide in this paper summaries of state responses to questions about engaging with LEP families and providers and better serving them through state child care assistance programs.
- Sep 11, 2012 | Hannah Matthews At Risk: Early Care and Education Funding and Sequestration Sequestration was created in August 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which ended that year's showdown over raising the federal debt ceiling. Because Congress failed to come up with a deficit reduction plan, the Budget Control Act calls for $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over the next decade, divided equally between defense and "non-defense discretionary" programs. This fact sheet explains how these cuts will impact federal early care and education funding and what can be done to prevent them.
- Jun 04, 2012 | Stephanie Schmit TANF Child Care Spending in 2011
- Mar 01, 2012 | Hannah Matthews Recent Child Care Growth to Fade, Startling Drop in Assistance Projected
- Feb 23, 2012 | Karen Schulman, Hannah Matthews, Helen Blank, and Danielle Ewen A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are designed to give providers incentives and supports to improve quality and parents information about child care quality. With the growth in QRIS, CLASP, together with the National Women's Law Center, interviewed child care providers participating in QRIS in several states. This report provides findings on the key components of QRIS, cross-cutting lessons on QRIS strategies, and recommendations for policymakers from the perspective of child care center directors.
- Nov 17, 2011 | Danielle Ewen and Hannah Matthews Caring for Babies: How State Child Care Policies Can Support Continuity Quality, stable child care arrangements support the healthy development of infants and toddlers. This presentation from the 2011 NAEYC Annual Conference in Orlando, FL describes how state subsidy policies can support retention of child care subsidies and continuous care for infants and toddlers.
- Nov 17, 2011 | Hannah Matthews Integrating Systems: Improving Access to Better Serve Families Families seeking assistance often face multiple, complex needs and that require the services of more than one program. Integrated service systems help to provide a more family-centered, seamless service delivery system, a system that offers a broad continuum of services and tailors these services to the strengths and needs of individual families. This presentation given at the 2011 State and Territory Administrators and the Child Care Policy Research Consortium Joint Meeting in Bethesda, MD looks at how to create an integrated system and the challenges and opportunities of doing so.
- Sep 19, 2011 | Hannah Matthews and Danielle Ewen Meeting the Early Learning Challenge: Better Child Care Subsidy Policies CLASP's "Meeting the Early Learning Challenge" series provides information and policy options for states as they develop their applications for the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge.
Aug 11, 2011
| Abigail Newcomer
Health Care Reform and Improving Access to Child Care Assistance
New federal guidance will allow Child Care and Development Block Grant programs to benefit from important technological upgrades to eligibility determination systems without sharing in the full costs of their development.
- Jun 17, 2011 | Hannah Matthews Child Care Cuts Would Affect Us All Across the country, in town halls and other venues, Americans are realizing that budget cuts will have a real impact on their everyday lives. I, for one, expect the government to be there for my family in many ways, including by establishing and enforcing basic child care standards. Scrutinizing federal spending is important at this time of record deficits; however, harmful measures that will slash supports and protections for over 12 million children in child care in this country are not in the best interest of the country or any of our children.
- Jan 20, 2011 | Child Care and Early Education Make the Case for Child Care, Head Start Investments
- Dec 15, 2010 | Hannah Matthews CCDBG: What's In The Law? The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program allows states broad discretion to develop their child care assistance programs within federal guidelines. This brief lays out the federal requirements states must follow in designing their child care programs and spending CCDBG funds.
- Oct 27, 2010 | Danielle Ewen and Hannah Matthews Adopting 12-Month Subsidy Eligibility: Impacts on Children, Families, and State Child Care Programs Under federal regulations, states have a great deal of flexibility in setting child care assistance policies. Adopting 12-month subsidy eligibility, with limited interim reporting requirements, is one strategy states can implement to promote sustained access to subsidies and continuous care arrangements for children. This paper lays out the associated impacts of adopting an annual redetermination policy on children, parents, and state subsidy systems.
- Feb 22, 2010 | Hannah Matthews Immigrant Families and Child Care Subsidies: What Federal Law and Guidance Says One in four young children in the United States lives in an immigrant family. Federal law establishes policies on immigrant eligibility for child care assistance, yet questions regarding eligibility remain at the state and local level. Most child care assistance is funded through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which have differing rules regarding immigrant eligibility. This fact sheet lays out rules and guidance related to immigrant eligibility for child care subsidies through both funding streams.
- Dec 01, 2009 | Hannah Matthews Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2008 Based on preliminary data from the Child Care Bureau, this fact sheet provides a snapshot of participation in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program in 2008. CCDBG served a monthly average of 1.6 million children. While 19 states increased the number of children served, 29 states served fewer children in 2008 than in the previous year. This fact sheet reviews data, including the ages of children receiving assistance, the types of child care settings used, and the reasons families receive assistance.
- Nov 02, 2009 | Child Care and Early Education A Tool to Examine State Child Care Subsidy Policies and Promote Stable, Quality Care for Low-Income Babies and Toddlers This tool, part of CLASP's Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project, is designed to provide a policy framework that lays out child care subsidy policies that can be implemented to better support babies and toddlers and their families. Users can download and save a copy of this tool, then fill in the appropriate columns with their state's current policies and opportunities for change.
- Jul 30, 2009 | Hannah Matthews and Rachel Schumacher Ensuring Quality Care For Low-Income Babies: Contracting Directly With Providers To Expand And Improve Infant And Toddler Care The supply of high-quality infant and toddler child care is limited, particularly for low-income families. While most states provide child care assistance through vouchers or certificates, states have the option of contracting directly with providers to expand infant/toddler care for low-income families. Based on interviews with state policymakers, this paper explains how states are using contracts to create or stabilize care in particular communities or for specific populations; to create child care slots meeting quality standards important for infants and toddlers; to extend the day for infants and toddlers served in Early Head Start; and to improve the quality of infant/toddler family child care.