Despite recent investments in the program, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (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.
In March 2018, Congress enacted the largest funding increase in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCBDG)'s history. To show how this investment is helping children, families, and child care providers and to make the case for greater investments in the future state advocates, policymakers, and others should start collecting stories and data now.
Equity Starts Early: Addressing Racial Inequities in Child Care and Early Education Policy explores these critical racial equity issues in major early childhood programs, policies, and systems, including CCDBG, Head Start, and state pre-kindergarten programs. It provides demographic and historical context for creating racially equitable early childhood policies and analyzes policy issues related to access, quality, and the early childhood workforce. Finally, the report offers state and federal policy strategies that can begin to address inequities.