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.