Research Report Confronting the Child Care Eligibility Maze
Simplifying and Aligning with Other Work Supports
Gina Adams, Hannah Matthews
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This report, a product of the Work Support Strategies initiative, helps states confront burdensome administrative processes that make it difficult for low-income families to get and keep child care benefits, and the cumulative challenges eligible clients face in trying to access other benefits (i.e., SNAP/Medicaid). Through concrete policy ideas and examples from states across the country, it offers an in-depth guide to help states not only simplify child care subsidy policies, but also to align child care policies with other work supports. With this information, states can improve service delivery for clients and staff, and reduce administrative burden.

Research Areas Health and health care Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Welfare and safety net programs Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State programs, budgets Hunger and food assistance State Children's Health Insurance Program Child care Economic well-being
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population