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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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This brief describes findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about how families make these types of decisions.

This brief uses data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) to provide an overview of the different types of home-based providers as well as information about these providers.

The National Survey of Early Care and Education reached 12,000 families and large numbers of home-based and center-based programs (6,000 home-based providers, 5,600 classroom staff, and 8,200 program directors).

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 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.

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