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The federal government allocates funds to states to be used for child care, both to assist low-income families to afford the cost of care and for activities related to improving the quality of care (i.e., training for the child care workforce). These funds are allocated under the federal law: the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in Alaska assists children under the age of 13 or older children with certain disabilities pursuant to the federal CCDBG law. Federal law allows each state to set eligibility criteria for assistance. The Department of Health & Social Services proposes to change regulations on the child care assistance program related to the program rates, enrollment authorization, family contribution toward care, and continued participation. thread commends the State of Alaska for proposing these changes that will allow more families to qualify for assistance and support providers at a higher rate.  

View thread's 2017 Policy Fact Sheet on Child Care Assistance Eligibility and Provider Payment Rates to learn more.

To learn more about the proposed changes and how you can get involved, view the online public notice.

 

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