Dear Colleagues:

Here are some new resources to explore…

Research Reports/Other Learning Content

States’ Use of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Funding Increase       

In 2018, Congress increased over $2 billion in funding to support states and territories with meeting goals and requirements of the 2014 re-authorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This report includes interactive maps and state profiles to learn more about how states are using or intending to use the funding increase and existing challenges.

Click here to read the publication. Click here to access the full research brief.


Parents’ Access to Work-Family Supports

This research, released by the Urban Institute, uses national survey data to examine patterns in parents’ access to work-family supports in areas that are important for effective management of work and family: paid leave, workplace flexibility and control, and support for child care. Findings are relevant to ongoing discussions about work-family policy.

Click here to read the full report.


Child Care Affordability Is Out of Reach for Many Low-Income Hispanic Households

Affordability and equitable access to quality care are issues for low-income Hispanic families. Latino parents who report difficulty finding care are more likely to attribute cost as a primary barrier. This brief examines costs and affordability for low-income Hispanic households with at least one child ages 0 to 5. Using data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), this report covers Hispanic households’ weekly out-of-pocket child care costs and percentages of household income this represents, examines costs separately for immigrant and non-immigrant Hispanic households, and also reports cost data for low-income non-Hispanic, non-immigrant, and white and black households.

Click here to read the brief.


Webinars/Event Opportunities

Equity 101: Starting the Equity Conversation, Wednesday Oct 23, 2019 2:00 PM ET

Join the National Equity Project Associates Ana Moreno and Asali Waters for an interactive webinar to learn the why, what, and how of NEP’s experience with initializing equity conversations to work towards transforming the life trajectories of historically under served youth and families. Walk away with new insights and concrete tools for getting the equity conversation started in your organization.

Click here for more information and registration. 


CSBG Annual Report Office of Management and Budget Clearance Webinar Update, October 17, 2:00PM ET

The Federal Register Notice for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Report is now open! The Federal Register Notice is the official notification of the Office of Management Budget (OMB) Clearance process for the CSBG Annual Report. The Office of Community Services will be hosting a webinar to provide details about suggested revisions to the CSBG Annual Report and the OMB Clearance process.

Learn more on the OCS website here.


How the Family First Act May Affect Child Welfare Financing, Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:00 PM ET

Child Trends and the American Public Human Services Association are hosting this webinar to highlight how the Family First Act could impact child welfare agency spending on children and family services. Researchers will discuss agency spending on preventive services, foster care, and congregate care, as well as how spending may change with implementation of the Family First Act.

Click here to Register.


Funding/Collaboration Opportunities

Applications for Supportive Services Academy Now Open

The National Skills Coalition has opened applications for its Supportive Services Academy, to provide technical assistance to state teams for developing policies and programs expanding access to supportive services for low-income individuals. Teams will be required to apply a racial equity lens by providing resources to workers and students of color who, due to systemic racism, usually have greater financial needs. The Academy will begin December 2019 and conclude December 2020.

Applications are due November 1, 2019.

Find out more information here and here.