The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) figures to be among the most important pieces of federal legislation to keep an eye on. It got lots of attention at MCH’s Early Childhood Marketing Leadership Council Meeting on Oct. 22, 2013. First, the bill’s funding was actually increased during the sequester, making it one of the few recent “winners” as far as federal funding goes. The block grant provided $5.2 billion in 2012 and supports 1.7 million children in child care facilities. One of the potentially most interesting developments is the bill’s reauthorization. On June 3, 2013 a bipartisan (can you believe that?) Senate bill was introduced which would impose much higher standards on the child care providers, especially in the areas of required education and training along with requirements to improve the educational components of each program. The result, if passed, would create uniform national standards for child care providers including family child care programs, many of which are laxly regulated at the moment. Family child cares are regulated by the states to widely varying standards. Also if passed, look for the funding to increase also.