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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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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.

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

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.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) embarked on a comprehensive review of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) administrative rules and procedures that led them to the development of a new policy manual. The primary goal was to develop “an efficient, effective subsidy program...

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.

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