- It's been 17 years since Congress has reauthorized CCDBG. Based on state performance and lax accountability for federal funds, it’s time to strengthen minimum protections for children.
- Require states to conduct comprehensive background checks on all paid child care providers who regularly care for unrelated children.
- Require all paid child care providers who care for unrelated children on a regular basis to complete 40 hours of initial training (primarily CPR and other basic safety and health training in addition to child development) as well as 24 hours of annual training.
- Require regular unannounced inspections of licensed providers – at least once a year and post the results on the internet so that parents can be educated consumers.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance for families and funds child care quality initiatives. CCDBG is administered to states in formula block grants. States use the grants to subsidize child care for working families earning low incomes. Most of this assistance is administered through vouchers or certificates, which can be used by parents for the provider or program of their choice. In addition, the law requires no less than 4 percent of CCDBG funding in each state to be used for activities to improve the overall quality of child care for all children within a community (for example, Child Care Resource & Referral services, training for child care providers, infant and toddler specialists, quality rating systems, etc.).
Over 20 years ago, Department of Defense (DoD) child care was not accountable, quality was poor, and the safety of children was compromised. Congress passed the Military Child Care Act in 1989 to ensure that funds would be spent in an accountable manner, that care would be of minimum quality, and that child care would be provided in an affordable manner for families. Child Care Aware® of America calls on Congress to use the lessons of the military to reauthorize and strengthen CCDBG so that civilian families have access to affordable, quality child care in all communities. Congress should also ensure that funding is sufficient so that eligible children are able to receive assistance.
CCDBG Reauthorization Bill Introduced!
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced S. 1086, “The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013,” a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the first time in over 17 years. Now is the time to get involved.
- CCDBG Current Law
- CCDBG Current Law (Excerpts)
- CCDBG Testimony – Our Recommendations Before the Senate HELP Committee (2011)
- CCDBG vs. MCCA (the Military Child Care Act) — Table Comparison
- DoD Child Care Policies
- Fact Sheet: The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013, S.1086
- Lessons Learned from NACCRRA's Military Partnerships Report
- Our Report on Child Care Centers: We Can Do Better
- Our Report on Child Care Homes: Leaving Children to Chance
- Parents' Beliefs on Health & Safety (National Polling)
- Safe Sleep Practices and Sleep Related Infant Death Prevention in Child Care (CA Health and Safety Regulatory Workgroup – September 2012)
- Stories from Parents about the Need for Health & Safety Minimums in Child Care
- Benchmark Progress for Quality Child Care (December 31, 2012)
- CCDBG: All Data Related to Subsidy Use
- CCDBG: Average Expenditures by Age & Type of Care
- CCDBG: Average Monthly Children Served by Age Distribution
- CCDBG: Average Monthly Number of Children Served
- CCDBG: Children in Licensed vs Unlicensed Care by State
- CCDBG: Children in Unlicensed Care vs Licensed Settings (# of children by state)
- CCDBG: Most Recent Expenditure Data
- Market Rate Survey Used to Set Subsidy Levels by State
- Iowa's child care rating system aimed at qualityNov 1, 2013 - The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
- Mass. Enterprise Targets Inadequate Preschool FacilitiesOct 17, 2013 - Education Week
- Assistance funds expected to endOct 17, 2013 - The Laurinburg Exchange (N.C.)
- OPINION: Susan Nielsen: Oregon families squeezed by rising child care costs, falling wages Nov 11, 2013 - The Oregonian
- Businesses Ask Budget Conferees to Boost Early Childhood Education Nov 8, 2013 - CQ News
- Iowa's child care rating system aimed at quality Nov 1, 2013 - The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)