The American Rescue Plan Act provided critical relief to families who rely on child care and to a child care industry that would have collapsed without an infusion of emergency funding provided by Congress and the administration.
The bill included two primary provisions related to child care:
- Stabilization grants to qualified child care providers to help maintain the pre-pandemic supply of child care; and
- Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding for states to invest in the child care system.
This resource summarizes how and when federal child care relief funds will be distributed to states, and ultimately to families and providers.