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ERIC Number: ED537512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care
Lim, Teresa; Schumacher, Rachel
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
State child care policies can promote the quality and continuity of early childhood experiences and foster the healthy growth and development of babies and toddlers in all child care settings, especially if they are informed by research. The quality of the relationship between children and those who care for them influences every aspect of young children's development, including intelligence, language, emotions, and social competence. Research has found that children in both child care centers and family child care homes benefit when their providers are sensitive and responsive to their individual needs. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the largest source of federal funding for child care available to states and touches the lives of many low-income infants and toddlers and their families. 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. The infant/toddler earmark in CCDBG, $99.5 million in fiscal year 2009, is an important source of funding for many innovative state investments to improve the supply of high-quality infant/toddler child care, and supports programs and initiatives for children and families who receive a subsidy and those who do not. Every two years, states must lay out their plans for using CCDBG funds to help low-income families access child care to improve the quality of child care for all children including infants and toddlers. What do 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? This policy report analyzes 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 the Center for Law and Social Policy'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. To achieve the principles of the framework, CLASP offers 15 policy recommendations to help state leaders progress toward achieving these principles in their states. This report analyzes state CCDBG plans through the lens of this framework, highlighting promising policies and initiatives for babies and toddlers. (Contains 12 endnotes.) [For the "State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care. Policy Brief," see ED537511.]
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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