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Equal Access to Child Care

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.

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National snapshot of different types of school-age care received through CCDF subsidies

One of the goals of the Child Care Development Fund is to increase access to high-quality child care for children in families of low income.

Having adequate, and even inspiring facilities for center-based early care and education facilities is a goal for all leaders.

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.

Over the past eight years, States have made considerable progress in lowering error rates and reducing improper payments in their child care programs.

This document highlights 10 specific areas of CCDF policy that can support EHS-CC Partnership efforts.

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.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that over 14 million people in the United States are self-employed, representing nearly ten percent of the labor force.

The attached resources were presented as part of the "Increasing Access and Building Supply" sessions at the 2015 State and Territory Administrator's Meeting:

The attached resources were presented at the 2015 Spring Cross-Regional Meetings.

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