State Child Care Assistance Policies for Parents in Education and Training

Brief

State Child Care Assistance Policies for Parents in Education and Training

Abstract

Workforce development activities such as education and training help low-income parents gain skills and experience to obtain employment or further advance their career opportunities. Education and training activities help prepare parents for work, but a lack of access to child care can be a barrier for parents seeking to participate in these activities. The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), the largest program providing child care assistance to low-income families, has the potential to help parents in education and training access child care, but the eligibility requirements vary across states. As part of the Urban Institute’s “Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Intersection between Child Care and Workforce Development for Low-Income Parents” project, this brief provides an overview of the state CCDF eligibility policies that support access to child care for parents in pursuit of education and training.

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