Child Care and Development Block Grant Basics

Child Care and Development Block Grant Basics

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary source of federal funding for child care. Funds are allocated to the states based on a formula that takes into consideration the number of young children in a state as well as the number of children who are in families earning low incomes.



Watch Parent Stories
About the Need to Improve
the Quality &
Safety of Child Care


CCDBG  Reathorization Recommendations 

Requiring Accountability for CCDBG Funds  

CCDBG Most Recent Expenditures

Child Care Subsidy Use Data

Child Care Funding Background

CCDBG Used for License Exempt Care 


Major CCDBG Issues

Background Checks


Minimum Training Requirements





Current Law (Full Law)   ( 149.9 KB )

Current Law Major Highlights (Excerpts)   ( 76.95 KB )


What states are doing under CCDBG

Child Care Centers

Family Child Care Homes

Child Care Falls Short of State Early Learning Guidelines


Comparison: Military Child Care Act Versus
the Child Care and Development Block Grant

Linda K. Smith, NACCRRA’s former Executive Director, testimony
before Senate Children’s Subcommittee (June 9, 2011)   ( 365.04 KB )

MCCA vs. CCDBG Chart   ( 84.41 KB )

DoD Requirements for Child Development Programs   ( 350.68 KB )

Making Quality Child Care Possible: Lessons Learned from NACCRRA’s Military Partnerships   ( 7.89 MB )


What Parents Think About Child Care

Parent Polling

Parents Beliefs on Health and Safety   ( 126.66 KB )

Tragic Stories Related to Lack of Health & Safety for Children