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Equal Access to Child Care

Equal access to child care entails identifying, evaluating, and promoting policies that support accessible, high-quality care for all populations. Such policies can include those that address assessing market rates and child care costs, strategies for building supply, setting payment rates, establishing payment practices, and ensuring parental choice. The following resources provide further information about these topics as they relate to equal access to care.

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Home-based child care (HBCC) has always been an important part of the child care supply for families of school-age children. This practice brief will explore challenges and promising practices to support school-age children in accessing high-quality experiences in home-based care, which has...

The purpose of this tool, used in conjunction with the Affordable Co-payments Brief, is to allow Lead Agencies to evaluate whether they meet policy requirements for setting affordable co-payments, explore policy flexibilities available to them, and consider the impacts on administration when

This brief provides a summary of family co-payment requirements for Lead Agencies included in the CCDF Rule. It outlines mandates as well as areas of flexibility in co-payment policies and sliding fee scale structures.

There have been many resources developed to provide information and approaches on how to support families and children experiencing homelessness.

This resource offers strategies for Lead Agencies to strengthen the quality of their existing administrative data so that it can be used instead of surveying providers on market rates.

This infographic explains the data that a state or territory must gather and post as part of its Equal Access plan and for rate setting.

This training module from the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (...

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has hit child care programs hard. CCDF lead agencies have an opportunity to help stabilize the child care market and to make certain that all families have access to all ECE services they need.

This session will be a closing conversation based on the office hours provided over eight weeks for Group 2.

This session will be a closing conversation based on the office hours provided over eight weeks for Group 1.