Clients’ Recommendations for Improving the Child Care Subsidy Program

Brief

Clients’ Recommendations for Improving the Child Care Subsidy Program

Illinois and New York Child Care Research Partnership Research Brief

Abstract

This brief presents a selection of findings from a four-year, mixed-methods study of a cohort of new entrants to child care subsidy programs in four selected sites in Illinois and New York. In-depth interviews with subsidy clients address the following questions: What do clients recommend to improve the subsidy program’s ability to support families? Do parents perceive any subsidy program characteristics and job characteristics as hindering subsidy stability and child care continuity? We conclude with a discussion of how these findings align with policies in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

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