TANF Funding Used for Child Care

TANF Funds Used for Child Care

Under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, funds are allocated to states to be used to assist families with no income or low incomes. (Each state determines eligibility for TANF monthly cash aid). States can use TANF funds for many different purposes to help families, including using TANF funds to pay for child care.  By law, up to 30 percent of TANF funding each year can be transferred to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). TANF funds can also be spent directly on child care (either for families receiving monthly cash aid, for families at risk of receiving cash aid, or other reasons that a state determines).  There is no limit on the amount of TANF funding that can be spent directly on child care (there is a  30 percent limit on TANF funds that can be transferred to CCDBG).

The following tables show national totals as well as state by state TANF child care related spending.      

TANF Funds Used for Care

FY 2011:

FY 2010:
  • TANF Transferred to CCDBG FY2010 (alphabetical by state) ( 33.37 KB )
  • TANF Transferred to CCDBG FY2010 (in declining order by cuts compared to FY2009) ( 33.39 KB )
  • TANF Spent Directly on Child Care FY2010 (alphabetical by state) ( 16 KB )
  • TANF Spent Directly on Child Care FY2010 (in declining order by cuts compared to FY2009) ( 15.59 KB )
  • TANF Transferred to CCDBG & Spent Directly on Child Care FY2010 (alphabetical by state) ( 24.5 KB )
  • TANF Transferred to CCDBG & Spent Directly on Child Care FY2010 (in declining order by cuts compared to FY2009) ( 24.54 KB )
  • TANF Transferred to CCDBG FY2009
  • TANF Spent Directly on Child Care FY2009

Office of Family Assistance, HHS