Infants and Toddlers
High-quality child care and early education--with warm, responsive, skilled caregivers; healthy and safe environments; and linkages to community supports--helps promote healthy development for infants and toddlers and lays a strong foundation for the future. CLASP studies, develops, and promotes child care subsidy and licensing policies and investments to improve the supply and increase the quality of infant/toddler child care across settings, including child care centers; Early Head Start; family child care; and family, friend, and neighbor care. Our Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project provides a framework of policy recommendations for states. In particular, we focus on the needs of infants and toddlers in low-income families.
Apr 1, 2015 | PERMALINK »
CLASP Publishes Guide for States on CCDBG Reauthorization
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.
- STEPHANIE SCHMIT (CLASP), CHRISTINA WALKER (CLASP), AND RACHEL HERZFELDT-KAMPRATH (CAP) | Feb 11, 2015 An Investment in Our Future: How Federal Home Visiting Funding Provides Critical Support for Parents and Children
- HANNAH MATTHEWS AND STEPHANIE SCHMIT | Apr 14, 2014 What State Leaders Should Know About Early Head Start
- Stephanie Schmit and Hannah Matthews | Sep 09, 2013 Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies
- Christine Johnson-Staub | Jan 16, 2014 Promote Family Engagement
- Stephanie Schmit (CLASP), Hannah Matthews (CLASP), Sheila Smith (NCCP), Taylor Robbins (NCCP) | Nov 01, 2013 Investing In Young Children Factsheet
- HANNAH MATTHEWS (CLASP), CHRISTINE JOHNSON-STAUB (CLASP), HELEN BLANK (NWLC), AND KAREN SCHULMAN (NWLC) | Apr 16, 2015 Webinar: Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization
- Hannah Matthews (CLASP), Christine Johnson-Staub (CLASP), Helen Blank (NWLC), and Karen Schulman (NWLC) | Apr 16, 2015 Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization
- Helen Blank (NWLC), Karen Schulman (NWLC), Julie Vogtman (NWLC), Hannah Matthews (CLASP), Christine Johnson-Staub (CLASP) | Mar 02, 2015 Comments on the FY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State/Territory Plan Preprint
- Stephanie Schmit (CLASP), Christina Walker (CLASP), and Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath (CAP) | Feb 11, 2015 An Investment in Our Future: How Federal Home Visiting Funding Provides Critical Support for Parents and Children
- Stephanie Schmit (CLASP), Christina Walker (CLASP), and Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath (CAP) | Feb 11, 2015 An Investment in Our Future: How Federal Home Visiting Funding Provides Critical Support for Parents and Children Executive Summary