USDA, HHS Launch Resource Guide to Increase Rural Access to Child Care


The Department of Agriculture and the Health and Human Services Department Tuesday unveiled a joint resource guide to help people in rural and Tribal communities increase access to childcare services. The guide was developed in partnership by USDA Rural Development and the Office of Early Childhood Development in HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. It provides useful information to help stakeholders in rural communities, including Tribes and Tribal organizations, address the need for improved access to affordable, high-quality childcare and early learning facilities through USDA and HHS funding and technical assistance resources.

USDA Rural Development undersecretary Justin Maxson states that access to quality and affordable healthcare “enables parents to work, strengthens the economy and supports children’s overall development by laying the groundwork for future success in school and life.” The joint resource guide follows the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of the American Families, targeting investments to support America’s children and families.