State Child Care Assistance Policies Fall Short in Meeting Families’ Needs

Affordable, high-quality child care enables parents to work so they can support their families, and helps give children the early learning experiences they need to succeed in school. Yet many families, particularly low-income families, cannot afford child care on their own. The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program provides assistance to low-income families to help them with their child care costs. However, gaps in child care assistance policies—which are determined by states within federal parameters—leave many families without the help they need.

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