Given the importance of child care assistance, it is encouraging that families in thirty-three states were better off—having greater access to assistance and/or receiving greater benefits from assistance—in February 2014 than in February 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies covered in this report.
In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it. The Senate voted on the measure on November 13 and the President signed the bill enacting the reauthorization into law.
The following timeline summarizes the upcoming dates by which state and federal agencies will be required to implement provisions of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization, which President Obama signed into law on November 19, 2014. Provisions not included below generally are effective upon enactment.
This fact sheet shows how President Obama's FY 2016 budget would help women and their families through expanded and improved access to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).
On March 16, 2015, 44 national organizations sent a sign-on letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, and the Appropriations Subcommittes on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, in support of increases for early learning programs in the FY 2016 appropriations process.
Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.
Karen Schulman is a Senior Policy Analyst in NWLC's Family Economic Security division. She researches and writes about child care and early education policies. She received her bachelor's degree from Williams College a