Recent Changes in California Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems

Research Report

Recent Changes in California Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems

Abstract

Initial implementation of CalWORKS has resulted in several trends among TANF, employment development, child care, and child welfare agencies. These include: 1) increased county discretion in determining local CalWORKS-related policies; 2) significant reductions in TANF caseloads; 3) substantial new resources dedicated to supporting all CalWORKS families with child care subsidies; 4) greater collaboration across state- and local-level agencies in an effort to streamline service delivery; and 5) a continued emphasis on work first, with community resources becoming more aligned to support sustained employment.

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