Late last month President Biden unveiled the highly anticipated American Families Plan. Unfortunately, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is not included in the plan. There are, however, many provisions that address childhood hunger and investments in child care.
Some of the provisions that address childhood food insecurity include:
In relation to child care and early learning "The president is proposing to provide a $225 billion investment to address the child care needs of families and providers, $220 billion to expand voluntary preschool access to all 3- and 4-year-olds, and a permanent extension of recent improvements from the American Rescue Plan to various tax credits, including to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), among other provisions to help working parents and young children." (First Five Years Fund)
Read "American Families Plan Includes Historic Support and Reforms for the Nation's Early Learning and Child Care System" for more details.
This proposal is separate from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which is a bill that has been signed and states are submitting their plans to the federal government over the coming weeks providing an overview of how they intend to use those funds. Guidance for how states can use the ARPA funds in the child care sector was published yesterday. View that guidance here.
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