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.
In the final FY2020 Appropriations Bill, Congress increased by $550 million its investment in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the largest source of federal funding for child care. This is an important step forward that follows on the heels of the historic 2018 $2.37 billion increase. However, it doesn’t come close to the $2.4 billion increase for 2020 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would have provided child care for up to an additional 300,000 children.
On December 2, 2019 CLASP submitted these comments to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in response to a request for information about increasing access to affordable, high-quality child care.
The House and Senate have proposed investing dramatically different amounts into the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This factsheet is our state-by-state analysis of the number of children served by these starkly different CCDBG investments.
According to our estimates, a $2.4 billion increase would enable states to provide an additional 301,000 children with child care assistance. In this factsheet we estimate how a $2.4 billion CCDBG increase would be disbursed among the states and how many additional children each state would be able to serve.
On August 1, 2019, the U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget bill, already approved by the House, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. While this year’s bill did not include a specific funding commitment for child care, it paves the way to maintain and build on last year’s historic increase.
It’s widely known that federal child care funding is insufficient to serve every child who may be eligible for assistance. However, new CLASP analysis reveals that access varies significantly by race, ethnicity, and state.
Despite recent investments, CCDBG is still serving only a small fraction of eligible children whose parents would be able to consistently go to work or school if they had access to the program’s child care assistance. That’s why CCDBG funding should be increased by $5 billion in fiscal year 2020.