Budget & Appropriations

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) allocates funds to states for child care. To understand child care funding, it is important to understand the steps in the budgeting process.

Latest Child Care Funding News

President Sends Budget Request to Congress

A baby chewing on a blockOn May 23,  President Trump released his detailed FY 2018 budget request, which is a follow up from his “skinny budget” published in March. While the President’s request includes proposals that could benefit a number of families, it would be devastating for most low-income and working class parents and their children.The President’s budget request would severely harm millions of children and their families in a few ways:It would slash the “Safety Net” and decimate anti-poverty programsUnder the President’s plan, Medicaid, which provides health care coverage for low-income families, would be cut by more than $800 billion over 10 years. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if enacted into law, more than 10 million Americans would lose access to Medicaid. These cuts would closely mirror what’s included in the House-passed “American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017,” which includes an $880 billion reduction in Medicaid funding.

 

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Protect programs serving children and families, don’t cut them

The working version of the budget currently includes cuts to programs like the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), campus child care, and nutrition programs – all of which help working families and children. The current plan also cuts $95 million in funding from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which means many families will lose child care subsidies even before states start using funds for implementation of the new regulations.

We need to make sure CCDBG receives an additional $1.4 billion in funding above FY 2017 levels, and that programs like CCLC, CCAMPIS, and SNAP are fully supported, not cut. Join us by taking action today!

Learn more about the proposed cuts to CCDBG, CCAMPIS, and CCLC.

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About Child Care Appropriations and Budget

Child care funding is contained in the annual Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill. Child care funding is used to make child care more affordable for low income families and also improve the quality of child care (i.e., child care funding is used for training the workforce, Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to assist families in finding child care and helping parents to understand what questions to ask providers when looking for child care, state quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), inspections and monitoring, and other activities designed to improve the quality of child care and assist families in finding child care).

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