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  • Individual Author: Dujardin, Claire; Fonder, Muriel; Lejeune, Bernard
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2016

    In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is interested in evaluating if this increased availability of formal child care resulted in a higher employment rate for women with at least one child under 3. To this end, we use a difference-in-differences approach based on municipality-level panel data, taking advantage of the fact that the increase in availability of formal child care differed greatly across municipalities. We find that the raise in child care availability significantly increased the maternal employment rate, but to a lesser extent than expected, most likely because of a substantial crowding-out effect. (Author abstract)

    In 2003, a new multi-annual program aimed at increasing the availability of formal child care for 0-3 year old children was launched in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. This paper is interested in evaluating if this increased availability of formal child care resulted in a higher employment rate for women with at least one child under 3. To this end, we use a difference-in-differences approach based on municipality-level panel data, taking advantage of the fact that the increase in availability of formal child care differed greatly across municipalities. We find that the raise in child care availability significantly increased the maternal employment rate, but to a lesser extent than expected, most likely because of a substantial crowding-out effect. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Lipscomb, Shannon T.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2013

    Identifying effective strategies for increasing access to quality care for children from low- income families has important implications for society. This study examined the effectiveness of expanding child care assistance for low-income families (capping expenses at 10% of income and raising eligibility to 200% of the federal poverty line) to purchase quality care. Mixed methods documented families' experiences (N = 181) and capitalized on a natural experiment when families lost assistance. Results pointed to improved access to quality care for children from low-income families by: 1) helping low-income families continue utilizing quality providers when incomes dropped, and 2) enabling others to begin utilizing quality providers. Perceived impacts were greatest for families with higher incomes (within the eligibility range), and for those with children ages five and younger. Additionally, parents were able to pay providers the full rate that they charge for care, which may help quality providers continue serving low-income families. (Author abstract)

    Identifying effective strategies for increasing access to quality care for children from low- income families has important implications for society. This study examined the effectiveness of expanding child care assistance for low-income families (capping expenses at 10% of income and raising eligibility to 200% of the federal poverty line) to purchase quality care. Mixed methods documented families' experiences (N = 181) and capitalized on a natural experiment when families lost assistance. Results pointed to improved access to quality care for children from low-income families by: 1) helping low-income families continue utilizing quality providers when incomes dropped, and 2) enabling others to begin utilizing quality providers. Perceived impacts were greatest for families with higher incomes (within the eligibility range), and for those with children ages five and younger. Additionally, parents were able to pay providers the full rate that they charge for care, which may help quality providers continue serving low-income families. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Baker, Michael; Gruber, Jonathan; Milligan, Kevin
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2008

    We analyze the introduction of highly subsidized, universally accessible child care in Quebec, addressing the impact of child care utilization, maternal labor supply, and family well-being. We find strong evidence of a shift into new child care use, although some crowding out of existing arrangements is evident. Maternal labor supply increases significantly. Finally, the evidence suggests that children are worse off by measures ranging from aggression to motor and social skills to illness. We also uncover evidence that the new child care program led to more hostile, less consistent parenting, worse parental health, and lower-quality parental relationships. (Author abstract)

    We analyze the introduction of highly subsidized, universally accessible child care in Quebec, addressing the impact of child care utilization, maternal labor supply, and family well-being. We find strong evidence of a shift into new child care use, although some crowding out of existing arrangements is evident. Maternal labor supply increases significantly. Finally, the evidence suggests that children are worse off by measures ranging from aggression to motor and social skills to illness. We also uncover evidence that the new child care program led to more hostile, less consistent parenting, worse parental health, and lower-quality parental relationships. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Siegel, David. I.; Abbott, Ann
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2007

    This study investigates a random sample of people who left welfare and a similar sample who returned to welfare in a mid-Atlantic state in 2002. Findings show that child-care difficulties are important barriers to employment and that they are bound together with other conditions of poverty such as adverse neighborhood conditions and other deprivations. Child care provision becomes difficult when neighborhoods are infested with drugs or guns or when caregivers must spend too much time finding the means to pay bills or rent and put food on the table. For the poorest groups, all these conditions negatively impact quality of life. The study's findings suggest social policy revisions that emphasize programs to improve the children's neighborhood environment and means of socialization, supplement caregivers' income to levels sufficient to pay for child care, and remove inadequacies or inconsistencies in government child care provision. (Author abstract)

    This study investigates a random sample of people who left welfare and a similar sample who returned to welfare in a mid-Atlantic state in 2002. Findings show that child-care difficulties are important barriers to employment and that they are bound together with other conditions of poverty such as adverse neighborhood conditions and other deprivations. Child care provision becomes difficult when neighborhoods are infested with drugs or guns or when caregivers must spend too much time finding the means to pay bills or rent and put food on the table. For the poorest groups, all these conditions negatively impact quality of life. The study's findings suggest social policy revisions that emphasize programs to improve the children's neighborhood environment and means of socialization, supplement caregivers' income to levels sufficient to pay for child care, and remove inadequacies or inconsistencies in government child care provision. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Crosby, Danielle A. ; Gennetian, Lisa A. ; Huston, Aletha C.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2001

    Child care plays a unique dual role in welfare and employment programs, providing both a critical support for parents seeking and sustaining employment, as well as a context for the cognitive, behavioral, and social development of their children. We examine the effects of 13 experimental welfare and employment programs on single parents’ use of child care for their preschool and young school-age children. Parents of pre- and young school-aged children still have important child care needs. In fact, policies designed to encourage employment (e.g., earnings supplements and mandated participation) increase the likelihood of employment and the likelihood that parents will use any child care for these children. Furthermore, policies designed to support paid or regulated care embedded in welfare and employment programs affect the types of care used, encouraging the use of formal rather than home-based care. These findings suggest that even for children who are in school for part of the day, parental preferences for care and market supply conditions, child care assistance can expand low...

    Child care plays a unique dual role in welfare and employment programs, providing both a critical support for parents seeking and sustaining employment, as well as a context for the cognitive, behavioral, and social development of their children. We examine the effects of 13 experimental welfare and employment programs on single parents’ use of child care for their preschool and young school-age children. Parents of pre- and young school-aged children still have important child care needs. In fact, policies designed to encourage employment (e.g., earnings supplements and mandated participation) increase the likelihood of employment and the likelihood that parents will use any child care for these children. Furthermore, policies designed to support paid or regulated care embedded in welfare and employment programs affect the types of care used, encouraging the use of formal rather than home-based care. These findings suggest that even for children who are in school for part of the day, parental preferences for care and market supply conditions, child care assistance can expand low-income parents’ options for combining work and family responsibilities. (author abstract)

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