By now, I am sure you have heard that the Child Care Development Block Grant bill was reauthorized by Congress and the bill was signed into law by President Obama on November 19! This is a re-authorization of a law with a focus on Health and Safety for Children in Child Care Programs.
Policy and lawmaking can be overwhelming to understand but the Office of Child Care is doing its best to make this information easy to consume for the normal person, like you and me. Follow the posts on the website to keep yourself educated and informed.
It’s important you pay attention to this law because it impacts you. The FAQ says that the “law impacts State, Territorial and Tribal agencies that receive funds to administer the CCDF Program.” What does that mean for the child care provider? The states are going to implement new rules and programs to meet the requirements of the law – which directly affects you, the child care provider. Stay informed so you know what is coming, so that you can voice your opinion on how these new programs should realistically work and be implemented by your state.
We all want to create environments that are healthy and safe for the children and this law is supposed to help child care providers do that and encourage parents to feel that their children are going to be safe when they have to go to work.
How will the new law help children and families? (Office of Child Care, Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 Basic FAQs)
- The law will help children and families through expansive changes and improvements to the CCDF program that focus on:
- Improving the health and safety of children in child care including increased training and monitoring;
- Making the program more family-friendly by streamlining eligibility policies and prioritizing the most vulnerable children and families;
- Increasing investments in quality child care including specific funds for infants and toddlers;
- Ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them; and
- Improving the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs.
The Office of Child Care is hosting webinars to explain the law, upcoming changes and welcoming questions and feedback at the live ones. They are also recording them if you cannot attend the live webinars.
Read the Plain Language Summary of the Statutory Changes of the Law from the Office of Child Care. This will provide you with a good overview of what to expect. Below is a word cloud of the common words in the summary.