The Availability of Funds for Child Care Service Programs in Maryland

HRD-77-127: Published: Aug 9, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1977.

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P.L. 94-401 authorized additional funding for child care services and for grants to hire welfare recipients in jobs related to child day care services. Forty million dollars were provided for the transitional quarter, July through September 1976, and $200 million for fiscal year (FY) 1977.

Maryland's maximum allotment of the federal funds was $776,000 for the transition quarter and $3.8 million for the FY. A memorandum was sent to all states administering programs under title XX of the Social Security Act shortly after passage of P.L. 94-401 analyzing the provisions and requirements of the new law and listing each state's maximum allotment of federal funds for child day care services for the transition quarter and for FY 1977. A month later, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) sent state title XX administrators instructions for meeting the reporting requirements of the law. Maryland officials said that, although they had received adequate interim reporting instructions, the state hesitated to implement the provisions of the new law because final regulations had not been published by HEW. Maryland was not eligible for any of the additional funds during the transitional quarter, but did receive funds under the new law for the first quarter of FY 1977.

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