Research Report Improving Child Care Subsidy Programs
Findings from the Work Support Strategies Evaluation
Heather Hahn, Monica H. Rohacek, Julia B. Isaacs
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Child care subsidies are critical for the well-being of low-income families, including parents’ economic success and children’s development. To inform state efforts to simplify access to child care subsidies and improve service delivery, this report highlights steps taken and lessons learned by five states that participated in the Work Support Strategies initiative between 2012 and 2015. These states worked to improve child care subsidy access and retention, efficiency of service delivery, quality of client service, and alignment with other benefit programs. The report also discusses the implications of these findings for implementation of the reauthorized Child Care and Development Fund.
Research Areas Education Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Families with low incomes Poverty Economic well-being State programs, budgets Child care Early childhood education Child care and early childhood education
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population