Child Care and Development Block Grant Information

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Joint Organization Letter on Draft CCDBG State Plan FY 2019-21

Child Care Law Center Comments on Draft CCDBG State Plan FY 2019-21

How To Comment on California’s State Plan For Child Care

Analysis: Impact of New 2018 CCDBG Funds on California

California will receive an additional $253 million in CCDBG funds in 2018. No less than 8% of the new funds must be spent on quality improvements. In addition, no less than 3% must specifically target quality improvements to infant and toddler care.

At least 70% of remaining CCDBG funds must directly impact child care access for low-income children.  Go to the full Analysis.


The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014  re-authorized the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF). This federal funding helps states increase the affordability and quality of early care and education. The CCDBG Reauthorization outlined new and improved standards for quality child care and early learning. Click here for a legislative analysis of the Act. 

Advocates’ Recommendations

Early childhood advocates convened to make recommendations to the State Legislature and the California Department of Education for implementing the CCDBG Act in 2015.

Executive Overview – Opportunities for Making California’s Child Care System Better Through CCDBG in 2016

Topic Papers on Specific CCDBG Proposals in California:

A Child Care Professional’s Support for New CCDBG Funds to Help Children Grow Up Healthy

Advocacy Background and Resources, Winter 2018

CLASP’s Child Care in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: FAQs

The US Senate reached a budget deal that will lift budget caps and include $5.8 billion for CCDBG over two years, doubling child care funding.

Federal Budget 2018  – Background for CCDBG Increase

Child Care Law Center Support Letter 1/24/18

Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren’s personal child care story

Support Letter from Former Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rick Santorum (R-PA) on 2018 CCDBG funding