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.
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.
Access to affordable, stable, and high quality child care and housing and are essential to families’ economic stability, parents’ ability to work, and children’s healthy development. But due to inadequate funding, just 1 in 6 children eligible for child care assistance — and 1 in 5 families with children eligible for housing assistance — receives it. As a result, many low-income families struggle to pay for child care and housing, and many are forced into low-quality child care arrangements and substandard housing. This paper, jointly published by CLASP and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) dives into the importance and opportunities related to child care and housing policy.
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.