Since November of 2014, we have been talking about the Child Care Development Block Grant. The newly updated federal child care Act that President Obama signed in November of 2014. Since then there has been a lot of talk about what implementation would look like, how it is going to impact families and providers, what it was going to cost, etc.
There was a proposed rule for organizations and individuals to provide comment on, states had to submit their plans for implementation and now we have a final rule - the one the child care field has to follow.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has put together a four page fact sheet for us. The summary tells us about the major changes in the final rule within the following categories:
- protect the health and safety of children in child care;
- help parents make informed consumer choices and access information to support child development;
- support equal access to stable, high quality child care for low-income children; and
- enhance the quality of child care and better support the workforce.
Organizations are still pulling together their analysis about the rule but more to come. Here are some organizations to follow - and of course the above ACF resources.
Side Note: Sometimes you'll see both acronymns, CCDBG and CCDF. CCDBG is the Act that President Obama signed into legislation and CCDF is the regulation enforcing the Act. For more on the difference between an Act and a Regulation, click here.