Brief Child Care Subsidies under the CCDF Program
An Overview of Policy Differences across States and Territories as of October 1, 2018
Kelly Dwyer, Victoria Tran, Sarah Minton
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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

Research Areas Education Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Families with low incomes Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being Child care Early childhood education Kids in context Child care and early childhood education
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center
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