New Federal Law Brings Important Changes and Improvements
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New Federal Law Brings Changes
President Signs Child Care and Development Block Grant into Law
School-age Children in CCDBG
Inclusion and Special Needs Practices Outlined in Online Training Course from CCEI
NAEYC 2014 Annual Conference & Expo: Recap
CDA, Director, & Early Childhood Credential Coursework
New Federal Law Brings Changes             


If you follow any political news in the U.S., you've probably heard the word "gridlock"mentioned with reference to Congress. In other words, not a lot gets done in D.C. these days, or at least that is the perception. Occasionally, though, bipartisan bills do actually pass through both the House and Senate and get signed into law by the President!


It just so happens that a very recent one, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, will have a substantial impact on access to quality care for millions of working families across the country.


The CCDBG is not new. It has been around for 20 years. However, this is the first time it has ever been reauthorized, and there are some key changes aimed at improving both access and quality. The program is administered by the states and allows low-income working families to use vouchers to pay for high-quality child care. If your center serves any of the 11 million young children who rely on CCDB funds, you will be hearing about these changes from your state very soon, if you haven't already. Even if your center does not take in any CCDBG funds, these changes will almost surely affect you, as well, because such policies are intended to promote widespread, industry-wide change.


In addition to a significant increase in funding for block grants-thus extending access to many more families-the new CCDBG emphasizes increased funding directly for infant and toddler care, significant new staff training requirements, and new formulas/methods to make payments to care providers more stable and reliable.


Here are some of the key features of the CCDBG Act:


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Safeguarding the health and safety of children:

  • States must provide pre-service health & safety training to all CCDBG providers.
  • States must develop health & safety standards related to things such as first aid & CPR, prevention of SIDS, and child abuse prevention.
  • States must perform at least one annual inspection and at least one pre-licensure inspection of CCDBG providers and an annual fire, health, and safety inspection of license-exempt CCDBG providers.
  • Individuals who provide care for children with the support of CCDBG funding must undergo a comprehensive background check. 

Improving program quality while simultaneously ensuring that federal funds support low-income and at-risk children and families:

  • States must set aside three percent of funding to expand access and improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers.
  • Allows state funding of resource and referral systems to help families connect with quality child care.

Providing protections for children and families who receive assistance:

  • Families who initially qualify for a subsidy get care for at least a year, regardless of changes in income or work, training, or education status.
  • De-links provider reimbursement with unforeseen child absences to stabilize child care providers' business
  • Prioritizes services for families with the lowest incomes

Strengthening coordination and alignment to contribute to a more comprehensive early childhood education and care system:

  • Requires States to coordinate with existing early education and care programs.

See additional articles in this newsletter for more information and be on the lookout for changes soon. Remember, the CCDBG is designed to improve both access and quality, goals every early care provider should embrace!

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President Signs Child Care and Development Block Grant into Law

Today, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG) into law, reauthorizing the program for the first time since 1996. For the first time, the new law establishes in statute a set-aside specifically targeted to improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers.



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School-age Children in CCDBG
By: Hannah Matthews and Rhiannon Reeves

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary funding source for federal child care subsidies to low-income working families, as well as improving child care quality. CCDBG provides child care assistance to children from birth to age 13. This fact sheet highlights key information about school-age children and CCDBG.   


Sixty-two percent of school-age children receiving CCDBG are cared for in centers. A family home is the second most common setting.  


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Inclusion and Special Needs Practices Outlined in Online Training Course from CCEI

CCEI is proud to offer CCEI968: Inclusion and Children with Special Needs as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of December.

This course provides participants with a greater understanding of the importance of including children with disabilities in the early childhood environment. Participants will learn basic characteristics of various disabilities or conditions, along with strategies for making reasonable accommodations for all children and their families.This beginner-level training course is available as a trial course to NEW USERS with CCEI account creation in December.  


 NAEYC 2014 Annual Conference & Expo: Recap

CCEI had a wonderful time at the 2014 NAEYC Conference & Expo in Dallas, TX. Follow the link to see more pictures!



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