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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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Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies are encouraged to coordinate the delivery of child care, early childhood, and school-age services.

Establishing time and attendance systems that support adequate, stable payments to providers is key for programs to keep doors open, provide quality care, and hire and retain good staff.
Extending eligibility redeterminations to 12 months or more provides both financial stability for families and continuous early care and education for children.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) takes the goal of family-friendly child care policies seriously.  The child care state administrator partnered with staff of other department family support programs to conduct a thorough review of operations and how they align.&nb...

This presentation provides an overview of information about contracts through the child care subsidy program funded by CCDF.

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