HHS and USDA Launch Resource Guide to Help Rural Communities Increase Access to Child Care Services

September 21, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today unveiled a joint resource guide (PDF) Visit disclaimer page to help people in rural and Tribal communities increase access to child care services.    

“The first few years of life, particularly birth to five, set the foundation for development, learning, behavior and lifelong outcomes,” stated Deputy Assistant Secretary for ACF’s Office of Early Childhood Development Katie Hamm. “Various studies have shown that access to high-quality early childhood education is associated with positive life outcomes. That’s why I am so excited about this guide and the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing support for early learning and child care. It is so important that we continue to invest in early childhood infrastructure and supply building — particularly in rural and Tribal communities — where child care and early childhood development options are already limited. We are committed to working with these communities to meet the growing need for quality, affordable early childhood programs.”

USDA’s Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson added that “Access to quality, affordable child care and early learning opportunities is imperative for rural America. It enables parents to work, strengthens the economy and supports children’s overall development by laying the groundwork for future success in school and life. Under the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris and Secretary Vilsack, USDA remains committed to helping rural and tribal communities build back better by strengthening child care infrastructure and by meeting the increasing demand for affordable, quality child care for working families.”

This joint resource guide follows the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement of the American Families Plan (AFP), which targets investments to support America’s children and families, helping families cover the basic expenses that so many struggle with now, including lowering health insurance premiums, and continuing the AFP’s historic reductions in child poverty.

The guide provides useful information to help stakeholders in rural communities, including tribes and tribal organizations, address the need for improved access to affordable, high-quality child care and early learning facilities through USDA and HHS funding and technical assistance resources.

ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. ACF programs aim to empower families and individuals to increase their economic independence and productivity; encourage strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on quality of life and the development of children.

Under the Biden-Harris administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. 

Quick Facts

  • This joint resource guide follows the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement of the American Families Plan (AFP), which targets investments to support America’s children and families – helping families cover the basic expenses that so many struggle wi
  • The guide provides useful information to help stakeholders in rural communities, including tribes and tribal organizations, address the need for improved access to affordable, high-quality child care and early learning facilities through USDA and HHS fund

Quotes

“The first few years of life, particularly birth to five, set the foundation for development, learning, behavior and lifelong outcomes. Various studies have shown that access to high-quality early childhood education is associated with positive life outcomes. That’s why I am so excited about this guide and the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing support for early learning and child care. It is so important that we continue to invest in early childhood infrastructure and supply building – particularly in rural and Tribal communities – where child care and early childhood development options are already limited. We are committed to working with these communities to meet the growing need for quality, affordable early childhood programs.”
— Deputy Assistant Secretary for ACF’s Office of Early Childhood Development Katie Hamm
“Access to quality, affordable child care and early learning opportunities is imperative for rural America. It enables parents to work, strengthens the economy and supports children’s overall development by laying the groundwork for future success in school and life. Under the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris and Secretary Vilsack, USDA remains committed to helping rural and tribal communities build back better by strengthening child care infrastructure and by meeting the increasing demand for affordable, quality child care for working families.”
— USDA’s Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson

Contact

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Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone: (202) 401-9215
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Email: media@acf.hhs.gov

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