In March 2018, Congress approved a historic $2.37 billion increase in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the major federal child care program. These funds are sorely needed to fill longstanding gaps. The funding increase could be used by states to allow many more low-income families to receive assistance to help pay for child care, increase payment rates to child care providers serving children receiving child care assistance, help states boost the quality of child care, and strengthen other critical policies that determine families’ access to affordable, reliable, high-quality care.

What’s at Stake Today

Stable, high-quality child care helps children get the early learning experiences they need for future success and enables parents to work—or receive the education or training they need for a better job—so they can support their families Yet families struggle to find child care that they can afford, that meets their needs, and that provides the nurturing, supportive environment they want for their children.

How Will NWLC Help States and Advocates?

States are now making decisions on how best to use the new CCDBG funds to support their children, families, and providers.

We are working with state administrators, state advocates, national organizations, and policymakers to help ensure that states use their new CCDBG funds effectively. We also are working with our partners to demonstrate the positive impacts of the new funding on children, families, and providers in their states and communities