Ending Early Childhood Homelessness — Starts with Policies that Make a Difference
Ensuring the early learning and development of our country’s youngest children is essential to Child Care Services Association’s (CCSA) work. Supporting the well-being of these young children and their families is an urgent task and one that is critical to improving the long-term educational outcomes of children nationwide.
Access to high-quality child care is a key work support for parents. It also helps support healthy child development, which is important for all children, but of critical importance to young children in families experiencing homelessness.
Child Care Services Association reviewed the FY2022-2024 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plans to see policies and strategies across states to better support the needs of families with young children experiencing homelessness.
Child Care Policies Support Families
States that Prioritize Child Care Subsidy Receipt for Children Experiencing Homelessness
Note: The map reflects states that indicated that they prioritize enrollment in child care subsidy programs for families with children experiencing homelessness (Section 3.3.2. of their FY2022-2024 CCDF State Plan).
FY2022-2024 CCDF State Plans — Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness
Early Childhood Homelessness: A Look at CCDF State Policies for 2022-2024
- CCDF State Plan Homeless Policy Excerpts Compilation – All States (alphabetical order)
- CCDF State Plan Protective Services Definitions by State
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Select Topical Summaries
- Section 1.4, Coordination with Partners to Expand Accessibility and Continuity of Care
- Section 3.3.2, Identify how the Lead Agency will prioritize or target child care services for children and families experiencing homelessness (State by State Table)
- Section 3.3.5, Lead Agencies are required to expend CCDF funds to (1) permit the enrollment (after an initial eligibility determination) of children experiencing homelessness while required documentation is obtained, (2) provide training and technical assistance to child care providers and the appropriate Lead Agency (or designated entity) staff on identifying and serving homeless children and families and (3) conduct specific outreach to homeless families (658E(c)(3); 98.51). (State by State Outreach Strategy Table)
- Section 3.3.5, Increasing access for Vulnerable Children and Families, state descriptions of procedures used to support enrollment of children experiencing homelessness (State by State Descriptions)
- Section 3.3.6, Lead Agencies table showing state grace periods that allow children experiencing homelessness to receive child care subsidy while providing families with reasonable time to take steps to comply with immunization and other health and safety requirements (State by State Table)
- Section 3.3.6, Lead Agency descriptions of state grace periods that allow children experiencing homelessness to receive child care subsidy while providing families with a reasonable time to take steps to comply with immunization and other health and safety requirements (State by State Descriptions)
- Section 3.3.6, Lead Agency descriptions of grace periods for priority groups beyond families experiencing homelessness (State by State Table)
- Section 4.1.6, Child care services available through grants or contracts (State by State Table)
- Section 6.2.5, Lead Agency descriptions of training and technical assistance (TA) to providers and appropriate Lead Agency (or designated entity) staff on identifying and serving children and families experiencing homelessness.
FY2022-2024 CCDF State Plans
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
- West Virginia
See all of our reports and materials related to families with children experiencing homelessness.