2018 Day on the Hill & CCDBG Implementation Resources

2018 Day on the Hill & CCDBG Implementation Resources


Child Care Aware® of America and Child Care Works advocates are heading to Capitol Hill again this year as part of the 2018 Symposium.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 19, 2018, and join us for a 8:30 a.m. kick-off rally, followed by visits with elected officials.


One-pagers are available below. More information about the event, along with advocacy and tips for meeting with your elected representatives, helpful and legislative asks will be coming as we get closer to the date. Below are also CCDBG implementation resources for CCR&Rs. There is also some historical information and context.

Members of Congress made a promise to children and families when they committed to doubling the funding the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the next two years. Ask them to keep that promise by allocating the remaining $1 billion in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.



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A major discussion will happen during our 2018 Symposium and Day on the Hill Rally around the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance for families and funds child care quality initiatives. CCDBG is administered to states in formula block grants. States use the grants to subsidize child care for low-income working families. CCDBG also funds Child Care Resource and Referral services and quality projects for infants and toddlers.

In February 2018, Congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement to authorize $300 billion in new discretionary funding through September 30, 2019. Of the total amount, the agreement specifically included $5.8 billion in new funding for CCDBG. On March 23, Congress passed the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill which included a $2.4 billion increase for CCDBG, the largest in the history.

States. however, have questions about how to use this money. We are here to help! Below is helpful information and resources on how to implement CCDBG in your state, which includes:

For more information on CCDBG, please visit our Historical Resources.

Key Dates

  • Child Care Aware® of America Day on the Hill: April 19, 2018
  • Child Care Aware® of America Symposium: April 17-20, 2018
  • State CCDF Plans: June 30, 2018 (see draft)
  • Statewide Consumer Education Website: September 30, 2018
  • Federal Budget Allocations to States: TBA


CCDBG Background




CCBDG Office Hours

Are you looking for ways to capitalize on increased funding for CCDBG or simply looking to expand or revise your services funded by CCDBG? Our subject matter experts are available to help during our upcoming office hours. Office hours will begin in the beginning of May!

Our staff experts include:

  • Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Karen Ruprecht
  • Professional Development: Mindy Bennett
  • Consumer Education and Engagement: Kim Engelman & April Dodge-Ostendorf
  • State CCR&R Networks and CCR&R systems (Ignite): Jen Bump
  • Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief: Andy Roszak
  • National Technical Assistance Centers: Brandi King
  • Background Checks: TBA
  • CCDF Voucher Administration: TBA
  • Research: Dionne Dobbins and Jessica Tercha





Child Care Resource and Referral in America: Ignite the Future Initiative

The CCR&R In America: Ignite the Future Initiative, is an important multi-faceted Child Care Aware® of America strategy designed to empower the CCR&R field to evaluate and reinvent itself by evolving and elevating the relevance of CCR&R services. The initiative is designed to be an interactive and generative conversation among CCR&R leaders at the local, state, and national levels.  The timing of the Ignite Initiative is especially excellent given the recent bi-partisan support in Congress to invest new resources in the child care system, including strengthening the CCR&R infrastructure. There are several ways this work can support CCDBG Implementation. It can:

  • Serve as a state-to-state peer resource connector
  • Serve as a clearinghouse of state and local resources
  • Serve as a leading voice for the value-add of state CCR&R networks and CCR&Rs

For more details contact Jen Bump, Senior Advisor of the Ignite Initiative at [email protected].





Child Care Aware® of America Communities of Practice

Did you know Child Care Aware® of America is launching several Communities of Practice in 2018?  Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor. Check out our topics below and email [email protected] to join a group. Be sure to indicate which community or communities you would like to join!

  • Promising Practices in Family and Community Engagement – Coming in June
  • Quality Rating and Improvement Systems – TBA
  • Professional Development – TBA
  • State Network & Membership Councils – TBA
  • Promising Practices in Family and Community Engagement – TBA






National Centers

The Early Childhood National Centers for Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) promote excellence through high-quality, practical resources and approaches. They are designed to build early childhood program capacity and promote consistent practices across communities, states, Tribes, and territories. These centers bring together the knowledge and skills from Head Start, child care, and our health partners across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Child Care Aware®  of America serves as a consortium partner on five National Centers. These are marked with an asterisk below.





Day on the Hill One-Pagers





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