Child Care Financial Assistance Program:
Making Child Care More Affordable for Families
CCFAP is a critical resource that helps Vermont families afford child care. However, the level of financial assistance offered by the program does not reflect the current cost of child care in Vermont, meaning that eligible families and child care providers still struggle. The Building Our Future Think Tank recommends that CCFAP provide the full cost of child care tuition for all families earning less than Vermont’s livable wage. The Alliance supports its members’ advocacy to make immediate continued progress toward this goal by allocating additional funds to support necessary IT upgrades and to continue to make progress to increase the rates paid by the program to reflect the most current data on the cost of child care.
Data and Talking Points
- Access to high-quality, affordable child care leads to life-long positive outcomes for children, yet 3 out of 5 of Vermont’s youngest children who are likely to need child care don’t have access to the care they need.
- Vermont’s CCFAP is an important resource that helps lower- and middle-income families access and afford quality early care and education programs. However, it reimburses families at levels that are lower than the rates currently charged by early care and education programs. Vermont families eligible for the program are still spending nearly 30% of their income on child care, even with financial assistance.
- In 2019, the Child Development Division proposed, and the Legislature endorsed, a five-year redesign plan for CCFAP that will expand eligibility and raise reimbursement rates. That’s why we’re asking the Legislature to:
- Align reimbursement rates with how much early care and education programs are currently charging; and
- Allocate $4.5 million in one-time funding to allow CDD to purchase a new IT system to administer Vermont’s early care and education system.