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ERIC Number: ED537511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies and Toddlers in Child Care. Policy Brief
Lim, Teresa; Schumacher, Rachel
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
State child care policies--including licensing, subsidy, and quality enhancement strategies--can promote the quality and continuity of early childhood experiences and foster the healthy growth and development of babies and toddlers in child care settings, especially if they are informed by research. One of the policy levers states may use to improve care for vulnerable children is the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)--the largest source of federal funding for child care available to states. Twenty-nine percent of children who receive child care paid with CCDBG funds are under age 3--nearly 500,000 children in an average month in fiscal year 2007, although this percentage varied dramatically from state to state. In addition, CCDBG includes an earmark for investments in infants and toddlers, totaling $99.5 million in fiscal year 2009. Every two years, states must lay out their plans for using all CCDBG funds to help low-income families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children, including infants and toddlers. What do these state CCDBG plans reveal about state policies that can promote opportunities for babies and toddlers in child care to experience the positive care that will help them thrive? The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) analyzed what the 50 states and the District of Columbia reported in their state CCDBG plans for FFY 2008-2009 using a policy framework that guides CLASP's "Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care" project. The framework is based on a set of key principles that establish what all babies and toddlers in child care need. CLASP's analysis looks at state CCDBG plans through the lens of this framework, highlighting examples of promising child care licensing, subsidy, and quality enhancement policies and initiatives for babies and toddlers as reported by states. This policy brief summarizes key findings from that analysis, including some illustrative state examples. (Contains 8 endnotes.) [For the full report, "State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care," see ED537512.
Center for Law and Social Policy. 1015 15th Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-906-8000; Fax: 202-842-2885; Web site: http://www.clasp.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Birth to Five Policy Alliance; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; George Gund Foundation; Irving Harris Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants