Putting it Together: A Guide to Financing Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education

CLASP’s guide aims to help states look beyond the major sources of child care and early education funding and consider alternative federal financing sources to bring comprehensive services into early childhood settings.

Comprehensive services like preventive health care, developmental screenings, and family support are critical to children’s success – especially for those who are most at risk for developmental challenges and delays. Yet the sources of child care funding historically available to states have limited supply and allowable uses, and are insufficient to provide comprehensive services in most child care and early education settings.

CLASP’s guide walks early childhood stakeholders through:

  • the steps of building financing partnerships,
  • critical information and resources related to specific federal funding streams that support comprehensive services for children,
  •  funding examples from state and local communities, and
  • technical details on the allowable uses of funding streams to support comprehensive services.