Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Bill Introduced

Written by: Bill Jaeger
Date Posted: July 19, 2013

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) that would improve the quality of child care programs and help ensure the safety of children. The federal grant program provides child care assistance for families and funds state-administered child care initiatives (including the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, CCCAP), as well as measures to improve the quality of care within those programs. Key features of the bill:

  • Each state will be required to devote more funding to quality initiatives like training, professional development and professional advancement of the child care workforce.
  • Providers using funds from the program must meet certain health and safety requirements related to prevention and control of infectious diseases, first aid and CPR, child abuse prevention, administration of medication, prevention of and response to emergencies due to food allergies, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and shaken baby syndrome, building and physical premises safety and emergency response planning.
  • There will be mandatory background checks for child care providers who benefit from these block grant funds.

CCDBG was last reauthorized in 1996. Here is a synopsis of the bill from our partner Child Care Aware. We look forward to monitoring this bill and ensuring that children receive access to high quality early childhood care.

Bill Jaeger

About Bill Jaeger

Bill Jaeger, Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Children's Campaign, has spent the past decade teaching, studying, and working on issues in public education and public policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s in education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education before working as a public school teacher and administrator in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area for several years. Bill also holds master’s degrees in public policy and political science and worked in several positions in the non-profit sector prior to joining the Colorado Children’s Campaign as Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives. Bill is a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife, son, daughter, and golden retriever.