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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This presentation shares unique challenges in child care, such as: low pay rates, fragmented distribution, legacy tech systems, and scarcity constraints.

This presentation illustrates how states use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) transfer funds to expand funding resources for child care...

This presentation highlights the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.

NCASE has developed a number of publications, webinars, and other resources on strategies for finding support for school-age child care after school...

Several federal grant programs play a significant role in supporting the costs of child care for low-income families, including care for school-age children before and after school and during the summer. This brief, Using CCDF and TANF to Support Quality Out-of-School Time Care, explores...

This PowerPoint was used in a STAM 2019 presentation on the data needed by a lead agency for the rate setting process.

This checklist allows users to evaluate progress made in addressing each component of Equal Access.

This module covers two major terms that you need to understand fully to conduct a market rate survey successfully: equal access and valid and reliable market rate survey.

This module covers the planning required to do a market rate survey. 

A governmental inter-agency written agreement is often referred to as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). In general, written agreements bind two or more agencies to terms outlined within the agreement.