Today, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced it will release additional Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds to states. The $3.5 billion was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill that passed with near unanimous, bipartisan support in the House and Senate and was signed into law on March 27, 2020. These funds will support states, territories, and tribes in providing financial assistance to child care providers during the COVID-19 public health crisis to ensure providers that serve children who receive child care subsidies can continue to operate or reopen. The additional funding can also be used to provide child care to healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers playing critical roles during this crisis, regardless of income. Funds will be released to state, territory, and tribal Child Care and Development Fund programs.
“It is crucial that we continue our work in supporting our most vulnerable populations with the services they need to live their daily lives during this unprecedented time,” said ACF Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson. “Providing access to child care for individuals and communities who have been affected by the public health crisis is a priority of the Administration for Children and Families.”
This announcement follows ACF’s earlier release of resources for state agencies who oversee child care subsidies, offering guidance and outlining flexibility for states to meet the needs of children, families, and providers during this extraordinary time.
ACF released the following funding levels for each state and territory:
|District of Columbia||6,000,400|
|TERRITORY||CARES ACT COVID-19|
|Northern Mariana Islands||3,253,447|
|STATE & TERRITORY||CARES ACT COVID-19|
|State and Territory Total||3,393,638,000|
Additional ACF resources are available at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/occ-covid-19-resources
And to read more about how the CARES Act benefits young children, families, and child care providers, check out our summary of the law.