What's the Child Care Development Block Grant?
In November of 2014, Congress signed into legislation a new Child Care Development Block Grant focusing on improving quality and safety in child care throughout the United States. This directly impacts the Child Care Development Fund program. This is the first time the law has been revised since 1996 and it's a big deal. This law will take years to implement but the process has begun. Currently the focus of guidance for implementation is directed toward states because there is a lot of work to be done on their end before the states implement it with child care providers and parent.
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HOWEVER, this does not mean that it's time for you to stop paying attention because what the states are working on implementing will directly impact you as a child care provider or parent. Pay close attention to the reports being published, educate yourself and find out how you can get your opinion heard in your state. There will be opportunities, for example, California had hearings and is having future hearings to hear public comment regarding their plan. It is part of federal law for your state to hold these public hearings to hear what you have to say - so make sure you take part.
National Women's Law Center (NWLC) also made a table of changes made to the law - easy to compare and see the changes made.
The Latest From a Variety of Sources Regarding CCDBG Implementation
- The Office of Child Care, a part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is the federal office responsible for Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) roll out. They have an entire webpage and resources dedicated to the law and it's roll out. This is where your state is getting it's guidance and requirements from. Check it out.
- Office of Child Care also has a helpful FAQ.
- NWLC did a Webinar on April 15 regarding the CCDBG implementation. There was a follow up post for the Questions and Answers asked during the webinar.
- The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) released guidance for implementation for states. Additional posts from the NWLC regarding CCDBG.
- The National Conference of State Legislators put together a "policy primer" pulling out the major provisions as well as providing an implementation timeline.
- How does CCDBG impact Head Start? Find out from this webpage by the National Head Start Association (NHSA).