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.
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.
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.