On November 17, Congress voted 88 to 1 to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary federal program that provides funds for child care subsidies for low-income families and to improve child care quality. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law, reauthorizing the program for the first time in nearly 20 years.
The bi-partisan bill includes new language that directly addresses affordability, continuity of care, and cost stabilization that will benefit families and support providers, as well asa designated 3% set-aside of funds to improve the quality of infant-toddler care. These funds will increase states’ capacities to invest in programs that increase quality for early child care providers. Additionally, the bill specifically calls out the need for partnerships to leverage existing service delivery systems through the implementation of “shared services alliance models,” like Early Learning Ventures (ELV).
Colorado Senator Michael F. Bennet was instrumental in backing this bill and ensuring that shared services models were highlighted, allowing ELV to serve as a catalyst for quality-building on a national scale. We thank him for his leadership and persistence in supporting this important nation-wide endeavor.
We look forward to President Obama’s signature which will officially turn the bill into a law and will start the implementation phase of an important movement of increased access to quality care for all children.