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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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Action is needed to ensure that family child care remains a strong, healthy component of the early childhood education system.

Several federal grant programs play a significant role in supporting the costs of child care for low-income families, including care for school-age children before and after school and during the summer. This brief, Using CCDF and TANF to Support Quality Out-of-School Time Care, explores...

This PowerPoint was used in a STAM 2019 presentation on the data needed by a lead agency for the rate setting process.

This checklist allows users to evaluate progress made in addressing each component of Equal Access.

A governmental inter-agency written agreement is often referred to as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). In general, written agreements bind two or more agencies to terms outlined within the agreement.

This resource provides a glossary for terms commonly used related to the Equal Access provisions of the ...

The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) created the following resources to assist those interested in Program Integrity.

This second webinar in the Strengthening Family Child Care series explored possible reasons behind the decrease in family child care (FCC) providers, and strategies that...

This document offers descriptions and links to a variety of resources that address such equal access topics as market rate surveys, payment practices, cost of care, co-payments and payment rates.

This webinar explores strategies for understanding your family child care (FCC) population and reaching out to and engaging FCC providers; and, outlines supports and services that can help improve the access to and sustainability of...