How Many Children Could be Served with a $5 Billion Child Care Funding Increase?

In the 2018, 2019, and 2020 fiscal years, Congress made important increases in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The collective increases allowed states to fully implement provisions of the 2014 CCDBG reauthorization, expand access to child care assistance, and make important investments in provider payment rates and quality of care. Unfortunately, current investments are falling well short of need.

CLASP estimates that a $5 billion increase in FY2021 will enable states to provide child care assistance to as many as 646,000 more children. This factsheet estimates how a $5 billion in FY2021 could be allocated among the states and how many additional children each state could serve.