his issue of the
Child Care Bulletin
focuses on improv-ing infant and toddler child care,an important and challengingissue for parents, caregivers,communities, and government.Approximately one out of everythree children who receive caresubsidized by the Child Careand Development Fund (CCDF)is younger than 3 years old. TheChild Care Bureau is commit-ted to ensuring all babies andtoddlers are safe, healthy, andreceiving the care they need tothrive and succeed in schooland in life.
Issue 31Spring 2006
U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services
Administration for Childrenand FamiliesAdministration on Children,Youth and FamiliesChild Care Bureau
We have engaged State and local partners, alongwith national organizations and funders, to discussbuilding a continuum of care for children from birthto 5 years, which meets the unique developmentalneeds of children at each point in their growth anddevelopment. We have sponsored two National Infant& Toddler Child Care Institutes to focus on the needsof babies and toddlers, and we have worked closelywith our colleagues at the Head Start Bureau to bringincreased attention to systems development issues atthe annual Birth to Three Institute. The National Infant& Toddler Child Care Initiative is using a systemsdevelopment approach guided by an
thatis a framework for thinking about systems of care. Thisapproach provides tremendous potential for seeingEarly Head Start and other infant and toddler servicesas part of an integrated network of supports for babies,their families, and other caregivers.The Child Care Bureau supports efforts to build a con-tinuum of care at the State and local levels that offersa range of support to all those who care for children,including parents and relative caregivers. This couldinclude an emphasis on educating parents, strength-ening parents’ roles, and reaching out to family mem-bers and friends who play a key caregiving role.The Child Care Bureau’s work to improve the qualityof infant and toddler child care is built on the ideathat there is a role for everyone—researchers, nationalorganizations, funders, and State and communitypolicy and program leaders. We challenge you tothink about what you can do to improve the care of infants and toddlers, as well as support parents asprimary caregivers and children’s first teachers. As theCCDF and Temporary Assistance for Needy Familiesprograms work more closely together to help low-income working parents and their children prepare forgreater success in school and in life, we know we cancount on your assistance, expertise, and creativity.
An average of 492,000children ages birth to3 years are served eachmonth by the Child Careand Development Fund.
Source: Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Depart-ment of Health and Human Services. (2005, September 19). [Number of childrenages birth to 3 served each month by CCDF]. Unpublished, and based on ACF-801FFY 2003 CCDF data.
The Building Blocks of Care
Shannon Christian,Associate Commissionerof the Child Care Bureau
The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to helping States and Ter-ritories build their capacity and infrastructure for infant and tod-dler child care. Each year, approximately $100 million of CCDFfunds are earmarked to increase the supply of quality child carefor infants and toddlers. During the last three years, the Child CareBureau has invested in targeted technical assistance to States withthe creation of the National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiativeat ZERO TO THREE. We also have asked many of our other ChildCare Technical Assistance Network partners to devote attention tothe needs of infants and toddlers through regional and nationalconferences, in our research with the Child Care Policy ResearchConsortium, and now with this issue of the
Child Care Bulletin
, a joint effort of the National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiativeand the National Child Care Information Center.