Friday, April 30, 2010

Child Care Develpment Block Grant Helps States Expand Child Care Efforts

new report from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), showed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has been a valuable resource for states to maintain and expand child care efforts. Receiving an additional $2 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the CCDBG program allocates $255 million dollars to improve the quality of child care while $93.6 million of those funds target infant and toddler care programs.

The NWLC report showed that states are using ARRA child care funds to:
  • Maintain and increase access to child care;
  • Improve quality rating systems;
  • Provide programs with the resources to purchase materials and equipment;
  • Provide training and educational development to child care providers;
  • Replace TANF funds previously used to support child care efforts; and
  • Provide child care assistance for parents searching for work.
With the support of ARRA funding, states across the country are coming up with innovative ways to expand access to high-quality child care. CLASP recently highlighted the state of Virginia's new initiative regarding early child care programs.  Placing a great deal of emphasis on local collaboration, Virginia state leaders have proposed an initiative that will use $1.7 million in economic recovery dollars to address the social, mental, and behavioral needs of infants and toddlers.

For more resources on the Child Care Development Block Grant visit:
State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies and Toddlers in Care, Center for Law and Social Policy
CCDBG: What’s in the Law?, Center for Law and Social Policy

Sign up for CLASP’s Audioconference, Using ARRA Funds for State/Toddler Initiatives

Also, check out's blog post, States Use of ARRA Funds to Support Child Care

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