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.
With the historic allocation of $2.4 billion in new federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds in the 2018 omnibus spending bill, we have the opportunity to improve child care and early education policies for infants and toddlers, and their parents and caregivers. It is critical that those dollars are used to advance racial equity.
The Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports that an additional $53 billion in public and private resources annually would be required to fully fund a national, high-quality child care and early education system.
On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and the President signed a two-year budget deal, under which an additional $5.8 billion in discretionary funding will be provided over two years for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This fact sheet includes CLASP’s estimates of each state's additional funding and children served as a result of the budget deal.
On February 9, Congress passed and the President signed a two-year budget deal, under which an additional $5.8 billion in discretionary funding will be provided over two years for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This factsheet, created by CLASP and the National Women's Law Center, answers "frequently asked questions" about the budget deal.
In his final budget, Governor Brown proposed directing $27 million of California TANF dollars to a home visiting program. Congress should also invest in home visiting by reauthorizing the national MIECHV program.
Doubling discretionary funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)—an increase of $2.9 billion in FY 2018 —would allow states to expand child care assistance to nearly 230,000 additional children. This fact sheet breaks down how many more children would recieve assistance by state if the proposal is enacted.
Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) outlined immediate federal spending priorities that would support hard-working families, including a nearly $3 billion increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to make child care more affordable.