How does the budget process work? 

Knowing how the process works helps us to know when to take action to make a difference for children, families and family child care providers!  Download NAFCC's handy guide to the federal budget process 

Congress: invest in child care! 

Find out more about the ways CCDBG matters to you!

Child Care Investments for Federal Fiscal Year 2017 

Increased investments in FY17 for the Child Care and Development Block Grant were a big deal considering the budget climate. Advocates worked hard at getting attention in Congress for this. 

Read NAFCC's summary of the final FY17 budget package

Budget Action for Child Care 

The federal government plays a crucial role in setting policy and investments for early care and education. States also make significant budget and policy choices that matter to family child care providers.

These decisions are not just about budgets lines and charts. This is about real children and families, and this is about you. This is about the work of licensing agencies, subsidy services for working families, and investing in the drive for high-quality child care - and all of this comes together in family child care homes across the country.

We will need to work together to make sure elected officials know the value of child care and early learning and the crucial role of family child care providers in meeting the needs of children and families.

Federal Fiscal Year 2018: News You Can Use

Each year, Congress has until September 30 to approve dollar amounts for federal programs through the appropriations process. This year, unable to meet that deadline, Congress passed a series of Continuing Resolutions which keep federal programs operating while extending the deadline for their work. The most recent deadline – January 19 – was missed, resulting in a 3-day federal government shutdown. Congress now has until February 8 to complete decisions on FY2018 funding. 

A big proposal for child care

Leaders in the U.S. Senate are calling for a $2.9 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to be a part of the final FY2018 funding package. CCDBG matters to all of family child care, and NAFCC supports this important proposal.

Updated February 7: The Senate budget agreement includes $5.8 billion for CCDBG, $2.9 billion a year for each of two years!

This increase is crucial for the working parents who count on child care in order to work to support their families; for the learning opportunities from birth through school-age in family child care homes; and for supporting and expanding the availability of high-quality family child care. Together with advocates across the country we are calling on Congress to make this investment.   

Read NAFCC's summary of action for child care

State-by-state impact of doubling CCDBG funding from the Center for Law and Social Policy

Read more about what CCDBG means to family child care

Read NAFCC's federal policy agenda for the 115th Congress

Tax law 

In December 2017, Congress passed legislation to overhaul federal tax policy. Congress did not take the opportunity to improve the Dependent Care Tax Credit, unfortunately. The tax package has an estimated price of $1.5 trillion. The overall price tag and direction of this new law present concerns for our goals for the field and our policy agenda priorities for family child care. The individual details within the law will impact family child care providers and families differently.