Research Report Balancing Quality Early Education and Parents’ Workforce Success
Insights from the Urban Institute’s Assessment of the Massachusetts Subsidized Child Care System
Gina Adams, Michael Katz
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This report examines the Massachusetts child care subsidy system’s balance between providing quality early childhood education and providing workforce support for parents. It is based on qualitative and quantitative data and findings from several studies conducted as part of a legislatively mandated assessment of the Massachusetts subsidized child care system. It highlights some of the key gaps that appear to undercut one or both goals, with findings organized in four areas; subsidy system goals and administrative approach, funding levels and allocation of subsidies, supply of subsidized child care, and challenges associated with meeting the needs of parents with nontraditional workforce patterns.
Research Areas Education Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Families with low incomes Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being State programs, budgets Child care Early childhood education Kids in context Child care and early childhood education
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population