Children’s Champions Update
*Child Care & Development Block Grant Moving Through Congress - Tell Your Story
*New Resources on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
Latest Developments on CCDBG Reauthorization in Congress – Tell Your Story of Its Impact
The last changes to the Child Care & Development Block Grant (known in states as the Child Care Development Fund) were made in 1996. Much has been learned about the importance of and ways to provide quality child care, along with improvements in the subsidy system for families and providers of care.
On March 13, the U.S. Senate passed a reauthorization bill (S. 1086) by a vote of 96 – 2. Among the changes to current law, the bill would require states to strengthen health and safety requirements, conduct annual inspections, require pre-service and other training, and increase the minimum amount that a state must use for quality improvements. It would also require states to set a one-year determination of eligibility to help provide consistency of care for children. It is important to note that this is a “reauthorizing” bill, and so it does not provide the funding for CCDBG. That occurs in the committees with responsibility for appropriations and mandatory funding.
Today, the Committee on Education & the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on CCDBG. You can read the witness testimonies here and watch a webcast of the hearing here.
There is no legislation introduced in the House at this time.
It is important to remind your members of Congress about the positive impacts of CCDBG and high-quality child care: helping families work and helping children learn and thrive; ways in which the quality dollars have helped staff with training and education; or your state’s use of CCDBG for a strong early childhood education system through quality rating and improvement systems, professional development systems, and other efforts. Both quality and access must be addressed in the reauthorization and in the funding decisions Congress will soon make for fiscal year 2015.
Webinar Series and Resources on Early Head Start –Child Care Partnerships Available
Congress completed fiscal year 2014 appropriations, including $500 million for the Early Head Start–Child Care Partnerships. The applications have not been released as yet. However, to get ready for the partnerships, the federal Administration for Children and Families is hosting a webinar series on different components that can be accessed here.
The next part of the webinar series: Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grant Webinar Series: Comprehensive Services Part III – Family/Community Engagement will take place from here.. To register click