Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) 

Support the Child Care for Working Families Act 

The Child Care for Working Families Act, introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) calls for amending the Child Care and Development Block Grant, strengthening it with new investments and smart approaches including: 

  • Ensuring that no family under 150% of state median income pays more than seven percent of their income on child care. Families would pay their fair share for care on a sliding scale, regardless of the number of children they have.
  • Requiring states to create tiered and transparent measures and pathways to increase quality of practice, substantial resources to providers to increase quality, and signaling the direction to states to recognize accreditation in state systems to build the supply of quality child care. 
  • Investing in providers on their path to quality of practice, paying for the cost of quality, and compensating the child care workforce for their crucial work. 
  • Building the supply of child care, acknowledging the diversity of child care settings, and strongly including family child care as well as family, friend and neighbor care (FFN) as part of the solution for the child care crisis and supporting their quality of practice.
  • Acknowledging the diversity of families and their needs, including children with disabilities and families seeking reliable care for non-traditional hours.
  • Creating or expanding staffed family child care networks to support providers enrolling children from infants through school age. 

Read NAFCC's statement endorsing the Child Care for Working Families Act. 

Read NAFCC's Federal Policy Agenda 

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What is CCDBG? 

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is a federal law that sets the course for child care in each state. CCDBG is of course what drives the child care subsidy program (and each state decides eligibility, payment rates, and the detailed rules of the experience of the program). CCDBG also calls for states to set the bar on health and safety, training and professional development, and details like who has to be licensed and who is exempt; inspections and monitoring; and the opportunities for quality improvements.

CCDBG is the gateway of family child care supply-building, of basic regulation, and of advancing quality from a strong foundation, and to connecting us to early childhood systems and opportunities in the states.

CCDBG law was reauthorized (that is, renewed) by Congress in 2014. It made major changes in four main areas:

  1. Protect the health and safety of children in child care
  2. Help parents make informed consumer choices and access information to support child development
  3. Provide equal access to stable, high quality child care for low-income children
  4. Enhance the quality of child care and the early childhood workforce

States have a lot of choices to make – and those choices are coming at a critical time. We know that learning begins at birth, and the role family child care providers play in offering quality and reliability is crucial to working families.

What's the Plan? 

States explain their plans for complying with the federal CCDBG law through a document called the CCDF State Plan. These documents set the course for the years ahead in your state – and set the course for the crucial role of family child care!

What’s the buzz in your state about the CCDF State Plan? Contact NAFCC at