The U.S. Senate voted 88-1 to pass a bill reauthorizing the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, sending the legislation to the President (who is expected to sign the legislation). This legislation has moved quickly this fall, with a deal to pass legislation announced in September.
As we discussed after that deal was announced.
The CCDBG provides funds – primarily in the form of vouchers – to help lower-income families afford child care. Those vouchers are critical for many parents of young children who need reliable child care in order to secure stable and self-sustaining employment. Moreover, we continue to learn more about how enrolling young children in high-quality child care has a huge impact on early childhood brain development.
The proposed reauthorization bill (S 1086) includes a number of improvements over the current program, which was last reauthorized in 1996. Those improvements include: a set-aside to specifically improve quality at child care facilities serving infants and toddlers, strengthened health and safety requirements, and better information for parents about child care options.
We are excited to see this program reauthorized and improved, and are grateful to all those who worked to make it happen.
Update: The President signed the legislation at a White House ceremony on November 19, 2014.