ERIC Number: ED390550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Families Work: Alternatives to the Child Care Disregard.
Working for Change, Aug 1994
This report examines alternatives to state-sponsored child care disregards, which allow working low-income families to offset child care expenses against earned income, thereby receiving higher Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) payments than they might otherwise obtain. It explains the need for continuous, stable child care for families who are working and receiving AFDC and provides basic background about the problems associated with child care disregards, such a low maximums, retrospective payments, and complicated rules. The report then highlights programs in Oregon and Illinois which have replaced the child care disregard with direct payment programs. The necessary elements to successfully convert the disregard to a direct payment mechanism, including recommendations for handling specific issues, are discussed. The report concludes with a sample implementation plan for converting the disregard to a direct payment mechanism. Three appendices provide a brief account of parents' and providers' experiences with the changes in Illinois, a glossary, and a state-by-state chart of child care reimbursement mechanisms for families who work and receive AFDC. (MDM)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Family Work Relationship, Grants, Low Income Groups, Program Descriptions, Program Improvement, State Programs, State Regulation, Welfare Services
Child Care Law Center, 22 Second Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 ($7).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Law Center, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Child Care Costs; Child Care Disregards; Illinois; Oregon