Issue: School-Age Child Care

Afterschool programs are a critical resource for working families

The Child Care Development Block Grant is a major source of federal funding for afterschool care for school-age children with working parents.

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), also referred to as the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), was created to provide support for low-income families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and families transitioning off of TANF. CCDF gives these families access to childcare and afterschool services for children up to age 13 while parents work or attend training. Approximately 500,000 children receive CCDF assistance for their participation in before-school, afterschool and summer programming. Most families receiving assistance are given vouchers to purchase care. Visit the Office of Child Care at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for comprehensive information on implementation of the recently passed CCDBG reauthorization legislation.  

Funds for CCDF (CCDBG) received a $2.37 billion increase in the FY18 omnibus, and an additional $50 million in 2018, for a total 2019 discretionary funding allocation of $5.3 billion. This means more funding for youth access to quality programs, more children off waiting lists, more resources to meet new requirements in health and safety and background checks, as well as more funds for technical assistance and professional development. See a National Women's Law Center summary of increased funding for child related funding streams in the omnibus. See a CLASP resource of extra funding by state as a result of the CCDF increase.

The House appropriations committee in May 2019, passed legislation that would set the discretionary CCDBG appropriations level for FY 2020 at $7.7 billion. However, the appropriations process is not yet complete.

Current: State Child Care Plans for 2019-2021 are now approved and public, find your state plan here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/state-plans

Additionally the Office of Child Care is collecting comments and hosting 10 regional roundtables to learn more about removing barriers to and best practice in ensuring access to high quality childcare. Comments are due Dec 2, 2019.

Past Activity: View the Afterschool Alliance's comments on the proposed regulations from Feb 2016. View the Afterschool Alliance's comments on the Office of Child Care Pre-Print Plan Draft on December 8th 2017. A final pre-print can be seen here, changes from the earlier pre-print are noted in this red-lined final pre-print document. Plans were due August 31st 2018. Please see a document comparing language in 3 state draft plans.

We also offer a guide on possible advocacy opportunities for school-age programs in your state's plan or implementation process.

View the Office of Child Care's Final Rule on the Regulations

Find more in your state CCDF State plan

Look at a Child Care Aware Review of Plans by State

Use Child Care Aware's Resource Page including One-on-One appointments for stakeholder groups to engage in their plans.

Note that the new law included language for consumer education databases for the public to navigate all the information being collected by the state on CCDF funded programs. The Afterschool Alliance did a preliminary review of those sites in March 2019 and created a resource on what to look for in consumer education websities from a school-age childcare perspective found here.

Additional Resources of Interest from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF):

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