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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The unique needs and challenges for families needing Out-of-School Time (OST) child care are often unknown or overlooked.

During the school year, children in both affluent and historically...

This webinar, Increasing Subsidy Payments and Setting Rates, Including Cost of Care: Requirements and Options, will help Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies understand the requirements and options for including cost-of-care information when setting subsidy rates.

Esta sección aborda las estrategias que utiliza la Agencia...

This section addresses strategies that the Lead Agency uses to promote parental choice, ensure equal...

This implementation guide focuses on the use of contracts to stabilize child care and support overall improvements to the child care system. Potential challenges to using contracts are identified and strategies and resources are offered to overcome concerns.

The third brief, originally published in May 2018 and updated in January 2022, describes the process for analyzing the market rate survey results and developing price estimates that can then be used to assist Lead Agencies in setting base payment rates.

This implementation guide outlines strategies for using contracts for direct service child care slots.

This guide outlines strategies for increasing subsidy payment rates for direct child care services.