“Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"

The content on this page is to serve as a resource of pending federal legislation, information from national partners and relevant updates to the Child Care Development & Block Grant (CCDBG) law and to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).

Federal Legislation

The Administration for Children and Families has released materials to help Lead Agencies understand the flexibilities in the CCDF law as they try to help meet the needs of families and communities in response to the spread of COVID-19.  Options available to State, Territory, and Tribal Lead Agencies include: 
  • Flexibility to change eligibility or priority criteria to permit uninterrupted child care 
  • Flexibility to define income and set the income threshold for purposes of CCDF eligibility  
  • Option to waive family co-payment requirements for families that meet criteria established by the Lead Agency – which may include, for example, families impacted by federal or state declared emergency situations  
  • Option to use quality dollars to provide immediate assistance to impacted families, including families that do not participate in CCDF 
States may also enact legislation or regulation in order to take advantage of these flexibilities. States may also need to submit a Plan amendment or waiver request to the Office of Child Care. Click here to access ACF’s full memo on CCDF flexibility during state or federal emergencies.  
 In addition, ACF has released a letter with updated resources and information about administrative relief strategies, as well as a list of FAQs about CCDF and COVID-19.   

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Federal Legislation of Relevance  

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Federal Updates from Partners

May 26, 2020
National Women's Law Center
This week, House Democrats released their draft of the next COVID-19 stimulus package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, known as the   HEROES ACT.   The package includes only $7 billion in additional funding for child care, allocated through CCDBG.  According to a recent NWLC and CLASP analysis  , this will not even be enough to stabilize the child care industry for one month.  In the coming days it is crucial that you continue to reach out to your congressional delegations and your Hill contacts to demand more funding for child care so the industry can survive the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
The HEROES Act was passed by the House on Friday.  The legislation will now move to the Senate, where a number of Republican senators already plan to oppose it.
 
Here are some other legislative proposals included in the HEROES Act:
  • $875 billion in fiscal relief for state and local governments
  • Establishing a $200 billion "heroes fund" for hazard pay for essential workers
  • Improving emergency paid leave by eliminating large and small employer exemptions, eliminating exclusions for health care providers and emergency responders, expanding qualifying uses for paid leave, and increasing wage replacement for caregiving leave
  • $850 million for "family care" for essential workers
  • Extension of UI benefits
  • Temporary boost in SNAP benefits, along with an increase in minimum benefit amount and suspension of SNAP work requirements
  • $100 billion in emergency rental assistance
  • 12-month national moratorium on eviction filings for nonpayment of rent and expanded moratorium on foreclosures
  • Retroactive improvements to recovery rebates (including expanding eligibility to older dependents and immigrant families who file taxes without an SSN)
  • Additional $1200 recovery rebate

Why $7 Billion for Child Care is Not Enough

On Thursday, CNBC published an article detailing why the $7 billion in relief funding for the child care sector included in the HEROES Act will not be enough to stabilize the American child care system. The article, which includes perspectives from national child care advocates and local providers, outlines the need for at least $50 billion in immediate relief funding to keep the child care sector afloat throughout this crisis, and shows how the American child care system will not be able to weather the storm without it.  To read and share the article, click here.
May 11, 2020
New Analysis Shows Child Care System needs $9.6 Billion per Month to Survive the Pandemic!  Below is the first page of a 13 page document.   Click here to read the full document via CLASP & the National Women's Law Center