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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

Program Instruction CCDF-ACF-PI-2009-03

Published: April 9, 2009
Categories:
Program Administration
Topics:
ARRA, Current Guidance, States/Territories, Tribes
Types:
Program Instructions
Tags:
Current Guidance

This Program Instruction provides guidance regarding Public Law 111-5, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which appropriates an additional $2 billion in CCDF Discretionary funding available to State, Territory and Tribal Lead Agencies in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 as part of the economic stimulus package.

The purposes of the ARRA include the following: (1) to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; (2) to assist those most impacted by the recession; (3) to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; (4) to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and (5) to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.
[ARRA, sec.3(a)]

The ARRA provides CCDF Lead Agencies with an important opportunity to assist those most impacted by the recession through the provision of funds to expand services to additional children and families facing difficult economic circumstances. The ARRA also provides supplemental targeted funding for investments to improve the quality of child care to support the health and well-being of children.