Early Childhood Health: Legislation, Policies & Regulations

Affordable Care Act May 2010

The Affordable Care Act puts in place strong consumer protections, provides new coverage options and gives you the tools you need to make informed choices about your health.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

CCDF has made available $5 billion to states, territories and tribes in fiscal year 2010. This program, authorized by the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, and Section 418 of the Social Security Act, assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education.

To protect the health and safety of children, CCDF establishes health and safety requirements applicable to child care providers who receive vouchers.  These requirements include the prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization); building and physical premises safety; and minimum health and safety training appropriate to the provider setting.
 


Head Start Performance Standards Requirements for Health Services, December 2007


Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grants help states and communities to build and integrate early childhood service systems that better meet the needs of children and families.  Since 2003, 49 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Republic of Palau and the commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Mariana Islands have participated in the program.

Project LAUNCH

Project LAUNCH is a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which seeks to promote the wellness of young children birth to age eight. Using a public health approach, Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children and address their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral growth. The goal: for all children to reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive milestones. Project LAUNCH aims to have all young children reach their developmental potential, enter school ready to learn, and experience success in the early grades.

Title V Block Grant Program

The Title V Block Grant Program has as a general purpose the improvement of the health of all mothers and children in the nation, in keeping with the national health objectives established by the Public Health Service Act for the year 2010. The Block Grant Program has three components: Formula Block Grants to 59 States and other political jurisdictions, Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), and Community Integrated Service Systems (CISS) Grants.

 

Block Grant Program
Social Security Act - Section 501
Social Security Act - Section 502