The Child Care and Development Fund
- Washington, DC, us
- Program Affiliation:
- Federal government
- Program Services Offered:
- Unfortunately, though allowed by federal guidelines, not all states consider participation in higher education to be an eligibility criterion for low-income families to receive child care subsidies. Redding and Cohen (2009) provide a partial break down of states that allowed some form of higher education eligibility in 2009: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/rpt/2009-R-0096.htm. To find out more about eligibility, how to contract, or how to apply for assistance, both programs and parents can contact their state early childhood education agency.
- Program Evaluation Available:
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- Program Description:
Numerous campus child care programs access funding that originates in the Child Care and Development Fund, the largest Federal program specifically devoted to child care services and quality. CCDF enables low-income parents, including those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to work or to participate in work-related education and training programs. Funds also serve children in protective services, and a portion of CCDF funds must be used by each state to enhance child care quality and availability. CCDF makes child care services available through grants and contracts with providers and through certificates, or vouchers, issued directly to eligible families. Since CCDF funds are authorized under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act and dispersed through the CCDBG, funds from the CCDF may also be referred to as CCDBG funds.
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