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New CCDBG Money is Making a Difference: Document the Impact

In March 2018, Congress enacted the largest funding increase in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)’s history. Since then, states have begun putting the funding to good use. To show how this investment is helping children, families, and child care providers—and to make the case for greater investments in the future—state advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders should start collecting stories and data now. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) would like your help in documenting how this additional funding is expanding access to affordable, high-quality child care.

With your help in collecting stories and demonstrating the impact of the new funds, we can ensure the investment is sustained and advocate for additional increases. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have both approved funding measures for FY 2019 that maintain the $2.37 billion increase for CCDBG. CCDBG discretionary funds are subject to the yearly appropriations process, so we must continuously make the case for child care investments, and we need more!

We are excited to work with you to maintain these new CCDBG dollars so they can continue to help children and families! For more information or to share your stories and updates, contact us at hblank@nwlc.org or cjohnsonstaub@clasp.org.