Government Shut Down and Its Potential Effects on Child Care

I was perusing my Facebook feed today and saw this post from the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association that says "MLFCCA Food Program participants: Re: Possible Federal Government Shutdown on Oct 1st, 2013. We have received information from the US Dept. of Agriculture that there are sufficient funds to cover your Food Program payments through October 31, 2013. If a federal shutdown does occur and causes a problem with future payments, we will keep you updated in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding."

We don't want to be alarmists over here but we do want to make sure you have an idea of what could effect elements of child care with this looming government shut-down.  So we did some research and pulled together some articles published within the last few days that will give you and idea of what is happening in regard to child care and child nutrition programs, such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

List 1: Government Shut Down and The CACFP

As MLFCCA's Facebook status indicates, there are funds through October 31. Learn more about the contingency plan here.  Some states could continue funding but they take the risk that USDA may not be able to reimburse them.  For more articles about the CACFP and the shut down see below.

List 2: Government Shut Down and Child Care

This list is a bit shorter.  We haven't found many relevant articles but are still working on it.  Head Start is definitely affected beginning with 20 out of 1600 facilities being immediately affected.  We are still seeking out information regarding child care subsidies in general but I do believe if it's this hard to find information about it, that's a good sign!  Ask your local R&R or Associations.  If you find out information send it our way or post in the comments!


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building