Address "current shortcomings" of the Dependent Care Tax Credit (no details specified);
Increase funding through the Child Care Development Block Grant to:
1) help states improve and enforce licensing and safety standards;
2) support public-private innovation to increase access to affordable, high-quality child care;
3) promote state-wide rating systems for parents seeking quality care;
4) improve training for child care workforce; Provide At Home Infant Care subsidies to qualified, low-income parents who want to stay at home rather than place an infant in child care.
Revise Dependent Care Tax Credit so that it is refundable and allows low-income families to receive up to a 50 percent credit for child care costs;
Double federal funding for high-quality afterschool programs, including measures to maximize quality and performance of federally-funded afterschool programs nationwide.
Revise Dependent Care Tax Credit to make credit partially refundable to low-income families and provide a 50 percent credit for child care expenses up to $5,000;
Support states in implementing child care quality improvement programs, similar to North Carolina's Smart Start initiative, "which improves child care quality with certification and teacher training that leads to higher pay, reduced turnover and better outcomes for children."
Expand the DCTC to help at-home parents pay for newborn care;