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.
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.
This memorandum serves as a supplement to the 2011 report Making Care Less Taxing and summarizes changes to state and federal child and dependent care tax provisions that took effect or were enacted in 2014.
The National Women's Law Center's 11th annual review of key child care subsidy policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia reveals that in 2014, families were worse off in 13 states than they were in 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies, but were better off in 33 states. These 51 fact sheets summarize the state-specific information in Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014.