The National Women’s Law Center’s 12th annual review of key child care assistance policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia reveals that in 2015, families were worse off in 16 states than they were in 2014 under one or more child care assistance policies, but were better off in 32 states. This year is the third year in a row in which the situation for families improved in more states than it worsened. The past three years represent a turnaround from the previous two years, when the situation worsened for families in more states than it improved. Although there were more improvements than cutbacks in the year between 2014 and 2015, the improvements states made were generally modest and too small to close persistent shortfalls in families’ access to assistance and the level of assistance available.
These 51 fact sheets summarize the state-specific information in Building Blocks: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2015. For an extended summary of the report, please see NWLC’s press release on the report. To view a fact sheet (PDF), click on a state in the map or select from the list below.