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Child care rescue: How states are using their American Rescue Plan Act child care funds


States are using or plan to use their ARPA child care discretionary funds to support a range of purposes aimed at increasing families’ access to help paying for child care, supporting the child care workforce, improving the quality of child care, and building the supply of child care. Some states devoted all or most of their ARPA discretionary funds for a single purpose, while others spread the funds across a range of activities. Note that this report only covers activities and initiatives supported by ARPA discretionary funds; if an activity is not included in a state’s description, that does not necessarily mean that the state is not supporting that initiative, as the state may be supporting it with state or federal funds other than ARPA discretionary funds. (author abstract)

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