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, which means more funding for youth access to quality programs 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 Office of Child Care issued a Pre-Print Plan Draft on December 8th 2017. View the Afterschool Alliance's comments on that draft.

***A final pre-print has been released and can be seen here, changes from the earlier pre-print are noted in this red-lined final pre-print document. Plans are due August 31st 2018.***

Please see a document comparing language in 3 state draft plans. And use our guide on possible advocacy opportunities for school-age programs in your state's plan.

View the Afterschool Alliance's comments on the proposed regulations from Feb 2016

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

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

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