ACF Releases a Report Illustrating How States Are Investing COVID Child Care Funds To Support Children, Families, and Providers

Today, the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), released a report on COVID investments in child care.

 The Federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program provides states, territories, and Tribes with over $11.5 billion in funding annually. Since March 2020, COVID relief funds have provided essential funding to stabilize the child care sector and better serve children, families, and providers.

 As of May 2023, states have invested COVID child care relief funds into:

  • Stabilizing the sector by providing American Rescue Plan Child Care Stabilization grants to over 220,000 providers, impacting as many as 10 million children
  • Lowering the costs of child care for more than 700,000 children
  • Increasing compensation for more than 650,000 child care workers
  • Building the supply of child care by creating at least 300,000 new child care slots
  • Increasing provider payment rates; three out of four states are increasing payment rates or planning to increase rates.

For the report on COVID investments in child care, click on this Web link. All numbers in the report are early estimates as states continue to invest in innovative programs and policy improvements that will help more families afford the child care that meets their needs.

Office of Child Care
Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC  20201
General office number: (202) 690-6782
Fax: (202) 690-5600
General email: [email protected]