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!

Federal 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 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.

Thanks to powerful advocacy from around the country, Congress nearly doubled the investment in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for FY2018. This is the biggest chance we have ever had to promote the power of family child care in states and communities! 

And while the great work is happening in states to use those dollars to support families and child care providers, Congress invested again for FY2019: 

  • A $50 million increase for CCDBG over FY 2018
  • A $200 million increase for Head Start, $50 million of which will be for the expansion of Early Head Start and Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grants
  • $250 million for the Preschool Development Grant program