Brief Client-Friendly Strategies: What Can CCDF Learn from Research on Other Systems?
Gina Adams, Jessica F. Compton
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The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides child care assistance to almost a million low-income working families. Research suggests that some subsidy policies and practices can create unintended barriers to getting and keeping subsidies, which has led to greater interest in policies that make it easier for clients to access and retain child care benefits. To inform this interest, this brief examines research from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid/SCHIP on the effectiveness of "client-friendly" policies (policies designed to ease benefit access and retention) and explores the implications both for CCDF policy and future research.
Research Areas Health and health care Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State programs, budgets Child care Medicare Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Hunger and food assistance