ERIC Number: ED381260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care: Recipients Face Service Gaps and Supply Shortages. Testimony before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
Ross, Jane L.
In response to congressional efforts to assess the potential impact that various welfare reform proposals might have on child care availability, continuity, and subsidy programs, this report examines the difficulties parents have trying to identify and secure child care while they work or attend school. The four child care programs created by the Congress for low-income families are briefly described, and the requirements of these programs, coupled with resource constraints of the states, are shown to contribute to gaps in the delivery of child care subsidies. Next, the report provides an explanation of how the current system provides little incentive to serve the low-income working poor and, in addition, how the child care supply poses a major challenge for the states. The report shows that the current child care subsidy programs produce gaps in services for low-income mothers, impede continuity of care for their children, and create child care supply shortages. The report recommends that the four programs be consolidated. While noting that welfare reform proposals call for requiring many more welfare mothers to participate in education and work, it cautions policymakers to remember that the capacity of the child care system to absorb new demand must be considered. (BAC)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Financial Support, Program Effectiveness, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Working Poor
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.