Position statements are developed through a consensus-building approach that seeks to convene diverse perspectives and areas of expertise related to the issue and provide opportunities for members and others to provide input and feedback.
Position Statements state the Association's position on issues related to early childhood education practice, policy, and/or professional development for which there are controversial or critical opinions. All position statements can be downloaded free of charge, however, written permission is required to republish excerpts from or full text of NAEYC position statements.
NAEYC's Center for Applied Research encourages and supports all those in the early childhood field to become critical consumers of research about early childhood development and education. To support teachers, policy makers, early education students and others in the field, the Center provides reports and other resources to help them access and interpret research to inform their work.
Child Care and Development Block Grant
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), created in 1990, provide subsidies to assist low-income families in obtaining child care so that parents can work or participate in education or training activities.
The current objectives are to:
- Offer each State maximum flexibility in developing child care programs and policies that best suit the needs of children and parents within such State
- Promote parental choice to empower working parents to make their own decisions on the child care that best suits their family's needs
- Encourage States to provide consumer education information to help parents make informed choices about child care
- Assist States to provide child care to parents trying to achieve independence from public assistance
- Assist States in implementing the health, safety, licensing, and registration standards established in State regulations.
Child Care Development Fund
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides assistance to low-income families who need child care due to work, work-related training and/or attending school. CCDF is authorized by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG/Discretionary Funds) and Section 418 of the Social Security Act (Child Care Matching/Mandatory Funds). The Office of Child Care (US Department of Health & Human Services) administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and works with state, territory and tribal governments to provide support for children and their families juggling work schedules and struggling to find child care programs that will fit their needs and that will prepare children to succeed in school.
Laws, such as Child Care Licensing §39-1100, are administered by the Department of Health and Welfare through administrative rules. Rules have the force of law and are subject to a comprehensive process that includes review and approval by the Idaho Legislature.