Providers in the Child Care Subsidy System

Research Report

Providers in the Child Care Subsidy System

Insights into Factors Shaping Participation, Financial Well-Being, and Quality
December 7, 2017


Child care providers are key in achieving the child development and parental employment goals of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). To accomplish these goals, child care providers must be willing to accept child care subsidies, and the subsidy system must support their ability to stay in business and deliver high-quality services. However, relatively little is known about what factors affect provider participation or how subsidies affect providers’ financial well-being and quality. This paper provides insights into these issues by revisiting focus group, interview, and survey data from 2003-2004 to inform implementation of the newly reauthorized CCDF.

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