Reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Campaign
BREAKING NEWS: SENATE TO TAKE UP CCDBG REAUTHORIZATION BILL ON FLOOR WEEK OF MARCH 3RD
CCDBG Reauthorization Update: It's time for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds to states for child care, to be reauthorized, re-examined and strengthened. It's been almost 20 years since the law was first enacted. What we have learned is that without stronger protections for children in the federal law, state laws vary greatly. And, unfortunately, those laws fail to protect children in too many cases. Let your Members of Congress know that CCDBG should be reauthorized this Congress! It is time to protect children.
In June 2013, 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.
On September 18, 2013 the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee passed the bill out of committee via unanimous consent. In February 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that S. 1086 would be brought to the Senate Floor for debate and consideration.
Read Child Care Aware of America's Letter of Support for S.1086
Now is the time to get involved.
CCDBG Reauthorization Resources and
Quick Reference Information
Quick Reference Resources:
- The Economy's Impact on Parents' Choices and Perceptions about Child Care (2010) – Report contains information from a nationwide poll of 1,000 parents with children under age 12 and their child care choices and perspectives in the current economy. The report revealed that quality and cost remain the most important factors for parents when choosing child care.
- Full Report
- Child Care in America: 2013 State Fact Sheets -- Full Book (National Summary of key data and all state fact sheets) – This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to look at:
- Family characteristics related to the need for child care.
- The use of child care.
- The supply of child care.
- The cost of child care.
- The child care workforce.
- Services provided by CCR&Rs
- We Can Do Better: 2013 Update - The fourth in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers. Child Care Aware® of America’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed. The average score in 2013 was 92 out of a possible 150 points (61 percent of all possible points). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, the remaining top 10 states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D and the remaining states 20 failed.
- Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update - Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes: Child Care Aware® of America assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation. The maximum number of points a state could receive is 150. Sixteen states scored zero. Of the states that scored points, the average score was 69, which equates to 46 percent - a failing grade in any classroom. Family child care in the United States is characterized by weak state inspection standards, incomplete background checks, weak training requirements, weak early learning standards and weak basic health and safety standards.
- Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report - Provides information about the cost of child care from a recent survey of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) State Network offices and local agencies. Child care costs were reported for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age care in centers and family child care homes. The report also compares the cost of child care to household income, expenses and college tuition.
State Specific Resources:
Click on the map below to find information about where your state ranks in our reports, what the cost of child care is in your state, general facts about child care in your state, as well as stories from parents in your state.
Hear from Parents on why CCDBG Reauthorization is important:
Parents are calling for safe, affordable, quality child care
Visit our Stories Behind the Issues page for more information.
For additional resources -- including background information, research and data, and the latest news on CCDBG -- contact Nick Vucic at firstname.lastname@example.org.