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Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2005

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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Hannah Matthews

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Fact sheet

Coverage: United States


This fact sheet provides a snapshot of Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) participation in 2005, noting the great variability in child care assistance programs among states. CCDBG provides child care assistance for low-income working families. In 2005, CCDBG served a monthly average of 1.78 million children. While 30 states increased the number of children served, 20 states and the District of Columbia served fewer children in 2005 than in 2004.

Overall, the number of children receiving CCDBG-funded assistance nationally has stayed relatively flat since 2000. This fact sheet reviews data including the ages of children receiving assistance, the types of child care settings used, and the reasons families receive assistance.