The bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and enacted on March 27, 2020, includes resources specifically targeted to individuals and families with low incomes affected by the public health and economic crises. This fact sheet describes key provisions, considerations, and action steps for how state child care agencies can make the most of resources provided through the Act.
This factsheet explores the nutrition provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Families First includes several important provisions that will help parents and caregivers keep food on the table during this crisis,
As families and communities grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, child care should be a front-and-center issue. Federal and state policymakers must move swiftly to respond to the growing child care crisis using the following health care principles.
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.