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  • Individual Author: Stevens, Kathryn; Blatt, Lorraine; Minton,Sarah
    Reference Type: Report, Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2017

    If a single mother earns $25,000 per year, can she get government help, or a subsidy, to pay for child care? What if she lost her job and needs child care while she hunts for a new one? If she is eligible for a subsidy, how much will the government pay, and how much will she have to pay out of pocket? The answers to all of those questions depend on a family’s exact circumstances:

    • the ages of the children
    • the number of people in the family
    • income
    • where they live

    Child care subsidies are provided through a federal block grant program called the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). CCDF provides funding to the States, Territories, and Tribes. Within the federal guidelines, States/Territories establish many of the detailed policies used to operate their CCDF programs. This brief provides a graphic overview of some of the CCDF policy differences across States/Territories. It includes information about eligibility requirements; family application, terms of authorization, and redetermination; family payments; and policies for...

    If a single mother earns $25,000 per year, can she get government help, or a subsidy, to pay for child care? What if she lost her job and needs child care while she hunts for a new one? If she is eligible for a subsidy, how much will the government pay, and how much will she have to pay out of pocket? The answers to all of those questions depend on a family’s exact circumstances:

    • the ages of the children
    • the number of people in the family
    • income
    • where they live

    Child care subsidies are provided through a federal block grant program called the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). CCDF provides funding to the States, Territories, and Tribes. Within the federal guidelines, States/Territories establish many of the detailed policies used to operate their CCDF programs. This brief provides a graphic overview of some of the CCDF policy differences across States/Territories. It includes information about eligibility requirements; family application, terms of authorization, and redetermination; family payments; and policies for providers. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Davis, Elizabeth E.; Grobe, Deana; Weber, Roberta B.
    Reference Type: Report, Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2013

    In this paper we discuss several key challenges encountered when conducting a study of the continuity of participation in the child care subsidy program. While many of these issues are familiar to those who have studied participation dynamics in other assistance programs, and to those familiar with survival analysis, we describe these challenges and solutions in the context of the child care subsidy program. This brief is intended to help grant reviewers, policymakers, and researchers new to the study of dynamics of subsidy participation when they plan, conduct and evaluate studies of child care subsidy participation. Ignoring these issues can lead to study results that are not comparable with other studies and may yield misleading findings. Given the importance of child care subsidies for low-income families and children, there is a need for comparable research that increases our understanding of families’ experiences with child care subsidies and the influence of policy differences across states on the continuity of subsidy participation. (author abstract)

    In this paper we discuss several key challenges encountered when conducting a study of the continuity of participation in the child care subsidy program. While many of these issues are familiar to those who have studied participation dynamics in other assistance programs, and to those familiar with survival analysis, we describe these challenges and solutions in the context of the child care subsidy program. This brief is intended to help grant reviewers, policymakers, and researchers new to the study of dynamics of subsidy participation when they plan, conduct and evaluate studies of child care subsidy participation. Ignoring these issues can lead to study results that are not comparable with other studies and may yield misleading findings. Given the importance of child care subsidies for low-income families and children, there is a need for comparable research that increases our understanding of families’ experiences with child care subsidies and the influence of policy differences across states on the continuity of subsidy participation. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: National Women's Law Center
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2012

    As most states gradually begin to recover economically after several years in which their budgets were under tremendous strain, a number of the states are taking this opportunity to make or consider new investments in early care and education. These states recognize that early care and education will advance their short- and longterm economic prosperity by enabling parents to work and giving children the strong start they need to succeed in school and ultimately contribute to the workforce. Unfortunately, a few states have looked to cut child care and early education. Cutting these services reduces families’ access to the stable, high-quality child care that encourages children’s learning and development. Additionally, these cuts prevent child care programs from filling their classrooms, forcing them to lay off staff or close their doors entirely. (Author abstract)

    As most states gradually begin to recover economically after several years in which their budgets were under tremendous strain, a number of the states are taking this opportunity to make or consider new investments in early care and education. These states recognize that early care and education will advance their short- and longterm economic prosperity by enabling parents to work and giving children the strong start they need to succeed in school and ultimately contribute to the workforce. Unfortunately, a few states have looked to cut child care and early education. Cutting these services reduces families’ access to the stable, high-quality child care that encourages children’s learning and development. Additionally, these cuts prevent child care programs from filling their classrooms, forcing them to lay off staff or close their doors entirely. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Ascend at the Aspen Institute
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2014

    This resource outlines the Two-Generational Approach to serving low-income young children and their families.  This guide outlines the components and key elements of this approach to helping families achieve economic security.

    This resource outlines the Two-Generational Approach to serving low-income young children and their families.  This guide outlines the components and key elements of this approach to helping families achieve economic security.

  • Individual Author: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2012

    This tool is intended for state advocates and policymakers to use as they work to develop a state early childhood agenda. It includes a series of key questions to understand the context and conditions of young children, birth to six, in the state. Where possible, we also include infant/toddler specific questions. Questions include data on demographics and program participation (such as health and nutrition programs), as well as the details of child care and early education settings in the state. Where possible, links to online data sources are provided, including both original sources and organizations that have analyzed multiple datasets. By following these links, groups can find data specific to their state to populate the tool. Where the data allows, breakouts for infant/toddler-specific data are included. National data figures provide context for state comparisons.

    Once compiled, these data could be analyzed to identify any trends, areas of need for policy change, and opportunities to support the case for increased investment. Groups using this tool will want to take...

    This tool is intended for state advocates and policymakers to use as they work to develop a state early childhood agenda. It includes a series of key questions to understand the context and conditions of young children, birth to six, in the state. Where possible, we also include infant/toddler specific questions. Questions include data on demographics and program participation (such as health and nutrition programs), as well as the details of child care and early education settings in the state. Where possible, links to online data sources are provided, including both original sources and organizations that have analyzed multiple datasets. By following these links, groups can find data specific to their state to populate the tool. Where the data allows, breakouts for infant/toddler-specific data are included. National data figures provide context for state comparisons.

    Once compiled, these data could be analyzed to identify any trends, areas of need for policy change, and opportunities to support the case for increased investment. Groups using this tool will want to take these data into consideration along with their strategic understanding of the political opportunities within the state. This tool is one of a set of materials available through CLASP to help states identify the needs of families with young children in their state and identify policy solutions to meet those needs. (author abstract)

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