Investments in Rhode Island’s early care and education system, including the creation of tiered reimbursement quality rates for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), helps programs attract and retain qualified and effective early childhood educators, provide high-quality learning environments, and promote children’s learning.
The RI Campaign for Quality Child Care is working to increase the CCAP rates so working parents can enroll their children in high-quality care and child care teachers are paid a fair salary.
CCAP helps low- and modest-income working families pay for child care. But the rates the state pays are too low to support access to high-quality child care. Rhode Island has the lowest payment rates in New England and pays well below the market rate for child care.