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Child Care Access and Related Programs

3000-4060

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $477,487,882 $477,487,882
FY17 $482,435,551 $471,870,409
FY16 $508,458,606 $488,252,376
FY15 $486,634,325 $464,179,035
FY14 $458,674,073 $434,395,686
FY13 $466,127,196 $434,697,067
FY12 $482,814,661 $442,804,829
FY11 $512,476,930 $456,599,487
FY10 $516,261,062 $451,023,839
FY09 $556,613,969 $481,537,974
FY08 $537,107,991 $458,245,308
FY07 $505,899,816 $416,180,224
FY06 $511,653,103 $410,251,159
FY05 $520,154,433 $401,885,925
FY04 $539,763,582 $404,871,961
FY03 $569,299,471 $417,810,462
FY02 $622,201,375 $446,792,508
FY01 $634,421,202 $447,640,749
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Funding for Child Care Access and Related Programs
11.1%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • In FY17, $9.0 million shifted from Income Eligible Child Care (3000-4060) into a new line-item, Quality Improvement (3000-1020).
  • Funding for child care subsidies for low-income families and funding for supportive child care for families receiving TAFDC has shifted among various line items first within the Office for Children and then among line items within the Dept. of Early Education and Care, and are grouped together.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

Income Eligible Child Care provides subsidized child care for the children of low-income parents not receiving child care through TAFDC who are working, disabled, in an education or job training program, or who otherwise meet the activity requirement. Child care is provided for children under 13 and for older children with special needs.

This subsidy primarily provides access to affordable child care for income eligible working families. It can also be utilized by parents in a training or education program. Lastly, parents with disabilities can also qualify for the subsidy in certain situations. The program pays a portion of the cost of care and requires payments from parents on a sliding scale based on income. Very low income families and children in foster care or with relatives who are not legally responsible for them are exempt from sliding fee requirements. The subsidy is administered by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

Qualified families are offered either a child care voucher or contracted slot. A voucher allows families to choose any child care provider with space who accepts vouchers. Families may switch providers by provided they give two weeks notice. Contracted slots are slots at specific day care programs that are set aside for low-income families. Because slots are specific to one program , switching programs can be more difficult than with a voucher.

Families are eligible if their income is below 50 percent of the state median. They remain eligible as long as their income remains under 85 percent of the median. For families with a special need, income must be below 85 percent of the state median and these families remain eligible as long as their income remains under 100 percent of the state median. Special needs families are defined as having either a disabled child or adult, or an adult over the age of 65. For more information on financial assistance for child care, including eligibility requirements, please go to http://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/financial-assistance/financial-assistance-for-families/.

EEC works with child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to help families find child care. CCR&Rs help families apply for financial assistance and provide information to families about the child care choices in their area. CCR&Rs also maintain the waiting list for child care and offer training to child care providers.

In FY 2014 and FY 2015, additional funding in line items (3000-4070 and 3000-4040) helped increase the number of kids receiving an income eligible subsidy from about 31,000 kids at the end of FY 2013 to over 34,000 in FY 2015. However, many kids are still waiting for a subsidy on a waiting list which numbers around 25,000 kids.

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $477,487,882 $477,487,882
FY18 Leg $477,487,882 $477,487,882
FY18 Sen $478,688,035 $478,688,035
FY18 SWM $478,588,035 $478,588,035
FY18 Hou $478,587,882 $478,587,882
FY18 HWM $478,587,882 $478,587,882
FY18 Gov $478,588,035 $478,588,035
FY17 $482,435,551 $471,870,409

Notes

  • In FY17, $9.0 million shifted from Income Eligible Child Care (3000-4060) into a new line-item, Quality Improvement (3000-1020).
  • Funding for child care subsidies for low-income families and funding for supportive child care for families receiving TAFDC has shifted among various line items first within the Office for Children and then among line items within the Dept. of Early Education and Care, and are grouped together.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.