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, 2016

Abstract

If a child’s parents both work full-time and together earn $25,000 per year, can the family receive a subsidy to help pay for child care? What if one of the parents is a full-time student and not working? If the family does qualify for a subsidy, how much will they still have to pay out of pocket? The answers to these questions depend on a family’s exact circumstances.

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.

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