ERIC Number: ED435471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-19
Reference Count: N/A
Access to Child Care for Low-Income Working Families.
Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the major source of federal child care assistance for low and moderate-income families. This report provides information on the number of children receiving subsidies through the CCDF in fiscal year (FY) 1998 and on the number of children eligible for assistance, by state. The report describes the CCDF and other federal programs providing funding for child care assistance. The report notes that in FY 1998 states spent $3.5 billion in federal mandatory and discretionary funds and $1.6 billion of state funds on child care assistance. Regular child care arrangements are often too expensive for working poor families if they lack access to subsidies. Increased funding for child care subsidies increases employment rates and earnings for low- and moderate-income parents. State-wide child care quality initiatives have resulted in improved program quality and enhanced child development. An average of 1.5 million children each month received Child Care and Development Fund subsidies in FY 1998. Approximately 9.9 million children are estimated to be eligible for subsidies under state-set limits. The report concludes that there is a large unmet need for child care assistance throughout the country. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants