Equal access to child care entails identifying, evaluating, and promoting policies that support accessible, high-quality care for all populations. Such policies can include those that address assessing market rates and child care costs, strategies for building supply, setting payment rates, establishing payment practices, and ensuring parental choice. The following resources provide further information about these topics as they relate to equal access to care.
This brief identifies subsidy policy issues and State examples that Child Care Development Fund administrators can consider to address school-age care needs. This is the third brief in a three-part series on school-age quality.
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program provides funding to states, tribes, and territories to support child care assistance for low-income families. Eligibility policies that are family friendly, child focused, and fair to providers support CCDF goals.