In 2018, Congress approved an historic increase of nearly $5 billion over 2 years for the CCDBG, allowing states to help meet the needs of low-income families across the nation. Still, when adjusted for inflation, child care funding remains below 2001 levels. Child care costs can exceed college tuition in many states, and yet, less than 17 percent of eligible U.S. families who need assistance to meet child care costs are able to get it. Check out the map below to learn more:
The law defines health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlines family-friendly eligibility policies, expands quality improvement efforts, and ensures that parents and the public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them. Under the law, States continue to have flexibility within federal guidelines over key policy levers—including subsidy payment rates, co-payment amounts contributed by the family, income thresholds for determining eligibility, and quality improvement investments.