Public Policy

Public Policy

 

Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting every week – on average for 35 hours per week.Every Vote counts

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the federal law that allocates funds to states for child care. It also sets the framework for state laws. CCDBG has not been reauthorized (renewed) since 1996.

Since 2007, Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies), has released annual reports reviewing state laws with regard to child care centers and family child care homes.  Since CCDBG has few minimum protections for children, state laws vary greatly. These reports, We Can Do Better with regard to state child care center policies and Leaving Children to Chance with regard to state family child care home policies, show that most states earn a failing grade when it comes to protecting children.

There are many issues related to the availability, affordability and quality of child care.  Some of these issues are related to children whose care is paid for by a child care subsidy or voucher. But, regardless of subsidy receipt, all children should be safe in child care and in a setting that promotes their healthy development.

To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America's policy recommendations:

Visit Child Care Aware® of America's action center to take action to strengthen child care laws affecting children. Check out our latest advocacy campaigns to see what you can do in your community to make a difference in the lives of children.

 2014 Campaigns

 

 Background Check Campaign

 Don't Cut Child Care Campaign

    CCDBG Reauthorization Campaign

Background Check Campaign

 Don't Cut Child Care Campaign

Reauthorize CCDBG Campaign