American Rescue Plan: Child Care


The American Rescue Plan provides assistance for early childhood care and education during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


The American Rescue Plan includes $40 billion in child care funds to ensure to support child care providers and prevent further closures, ensure child care workers—the majority of whom are women—don’t continue to lose their jobs, and ensure working families have access to quality, affordable child care. $15 billion of these funds will go to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to subsidize child care for 875,000 children over the next year. $24 billion are child care stabilization funds to save and sustain nearly 449,000 child care programs, impacting 7.3 million children. The bill also includes $1 billion for Head Start to ensure programs can continue to provide vital services to children and families. 

Estimates of Investments in Child Care, Early Childhood, and Families in Washington State in the American Rescue Plan

  • Washington state Child Care: $635 million 

                  -  $244 million for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program 
                  -  $391 million for a new child care stabilization grant program to support child care
                      providers throughout the pandemic
  • Washington state Head Start grantees: Over $13 million  

  • Washington state Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) grant program funds: $2,255,554 

  • Washington state community-based child abuse prevention grants (CB-CAP): $5,582,495