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Stable Financial Assistance to Families

Stable financial assistance necessitates assistance policies that are child focused, family friendly, and fair to providers. Eligibility policies, protection for working parents, and the prioritization of vulnerable children and families promote stable and uninterrupted care for children and families. The following resources provide information about child care supports that promote continuity of care and lasting economic stability for families.

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The largest federal funding streams that support access to quality school-age opportunities are the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. This document provides essential information about both programs...

This paper provides information on state and territory efforts to use contracts and grants with providers, beginning with an overview of States and Territories whose 2016–18 CCDF Plans indicate that they are currently using contracts and grants. Topics addressed include the following:

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.

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.

Lead Agencies can use direct service grants or contracts to increase the supply of quality child care for underserved or vulnerable populations. This brief provides information on direct service grants and contracts, including:
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.

The Fundamentals of CCDF Administration Website is a comprehensive, interactive resource for state, territory and tribal administrators.

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

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