The President and Congress wisely recognized that early childhood development is an essential part of economic investment. Therefore, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes substantial funding to support young children, including additional funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. This block grant is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families.
North Carolina will receive an additional $67,543,134 for child care subsidy for children from birth to age 13 from ARRA. But rather than use this money for its intended purpose, the NC Senate budget diverts the money to only serve four year-olds.
- What’s in the Law? Fact Sheet on Child Care and Development Block Grant Stimulus Funds
- This document includes information about spending timelines.
- Federal Guidelines for Using Child Care Subsidy Stimulus Funds
- CLASP: Making Use of Economic Recovery Funds, Child Care Policy Options for States