President Obama Signed Child Care and Development Block Grant
On November 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. The bill was passed by Congress on November 17th with strong bipartisan support and reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996.
The bipartisan, bicameral bill represents a compromise of the legislation that passed the Senate in March by a vote of 96-2. Due to the changes in the House version, the Senate had to pass the bill again before sending it to the president’s desk to be signed into law. This marks the first time in 18 years that comprehensive Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization legislation passed both the House and Senate and made it to the President’s desk.
According to a recent fact sheet released by the Center for Law and Social Policy, one-third of children served in CCDBG are between ages 6 and 13-more than 497,000 per month-and are primarily provided with care after school. For school-age CCDBG providers, the key changes included in the House bill include: provisions to keep children healthy and safe, prioritization of lower-income families and at-risk youth, improvement of program quality, and more.