The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the largest source of state and federal child care assistance. Between 1996-2004, the number of reports on state implementation of the CCDBG soared. Using the matrix method, this article synthesizes 39 reports from public and private entities on how states differed in the use of CCDBG funds. We found considerable variation among states with regard to populations served, financing of child care through CCDBG and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), administration of the CCDBG, and use of its quality set-asides. This issue is of prime importance to nurses who work with low-income families with children, especially because quality, accessibility and affordability of child care affects a child's emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. The CCDBG reauthorization and annual appropriations are currently on the congressional agenda and warrant nurse's input for ongoing sustainability and support. Recommendations for policy and future research are included.
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