ERIC Number: ED381250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-31
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care: Narrow Subsidy Programs Create Problems for Mothers Trying To Work. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families, Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, House of Representatives.
Ross, Jane L.
This testimony examines the role that affordable child care plays in helping unemployed mothers enter and remain in the workforce, focusing on how current federal programs create service gaps for low-income mothers attempting to work. These are issues needing consideration as consolidation of these programs is weighed as a means of closing these gaps. It describes four child care programs for low-income families created between 1988 and 1990 (Family Support Act, Transitional Child Care, At-Risk Child Care, and Child Care and Development Block Grant programs) and provides examples of gaps in child care services that may affect program participants' ability to seek employment or continue working. The testimony recommends that in considering the consolidation of these programs, trade-offs need to be weighed between state flexibility to determine whom to serve with subsidies and congressional interest in accountability for how federal money is spent and for positive program outcomes. A list of 18 related GAO publications is included. (MDM)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Employed Women, Employment Problems, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Low Income Groups, Mothers, One Parent Family, Program Improvement, Public Policy
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies, $2 each; 100 or more copies, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers: At Risk Child Care Program; Child Care and Development Block Grants; Child Care Costs; Family Support Act 1988; Testimony; Transitional Child Care