Brief Child Care Subsidies under the CCDF Program
An Overview of Policy Differences across States and Territories as of October 1, 2019
Sarah Minton, Kelly Dwyer, Danielle Kwon, Kennedy Weisner
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If a parent works full time and earns $30,000 per year, can the family receive a subsidy to help pay for child care? 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:

  • the ages of the children
  • the number of people in the family
  • income
  • where they live

Child care subsidies are provided through a federal block grant program called the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). CCDF provides funding to the States, Territories, and Tribes. They use the money to administer child care subsidy programs for low-income working families.

This brief serves as a companion piece to the report “Key Cross-State Variations in CCDF Policies as of October 1, 2019”, providing a graphical overview of some of the policy differences across States/Territories.  The information in the report comes from the CCDF Policies Database.  Additional reports and the full database detail can be accessed at

Research Areas Education Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Families with low incomes Poverty Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being State programs, budgets Child care Parenting Work supports Early childhood education Kids in context Child care and workers Child care and early childhood education Child care subsidies
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center
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