Child Care Subsidies under the CCDF Program

Brief

Child Care Subsidies under the CCDF Program

An Overview of Policy Differences across States and Territories as of October 1, 2018

Abstract

If a child’s parents both work full-time and together earn $30,000 per year, can the family receive a subsidy to help pay for child care? What if one of the parents loses their job and needs child care while they look for a new job? If the family does qualify for a subsidy, how much will they have to pay out of pocket? The answers to these questions depend on a family’s exact circumstances, including:

Child care subsidies are provided through a federal block grant program called the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Within the federal guidelines, States/Territories establish many of the detailed policies used to operate their CCDF programs.  This brief provides a graphic overview of some of the CCDF policy differences across States/Territories in 2018.  More information about these and other policies can be found at https://ccdf.urban.org/.

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