In November 2014, with broad bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized the Child Care Development Grant Block Grant Act (CCDBG), the major federal child care program, for the first time since 1996. The new law makes significant advances to support early learning and financial security for families and children. The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), in collaboration with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), has written a policy brief to encourage state administrators and elected officials to consider the unique and diverse needs of all children and families as they implement the new provision of the Act.
The NBCDI Policy Brief provides a set of recommendations to support racial equity through effective implementation of CCDBG provisions, with special attention focused on opportunities to enroll, engage, and educate Black children and families.
Key provisions in the law support the following goals:
- Strengthening requirements to protect the health and safety of children in child care;
- Helping parents make informed consumer choices and access information to support child development;
- Providing equal access to stable, high-quality child care for low income children; and,
- Enhancing the quality of child care and the early childhood workforce.
For advocates seeking to support access to child-care assistance and high-quality early learning programs, this brief provides guidance and strategies to support racial equity in their states'child-care assistance programs. We examine access to child-care assistance as a civil rights issue and challenge state administrators to ensure they are serving families in a way that addresses racial disparities.