ERIC Number: ED455028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How To Pay for Child Care? Local Innovations Help Working Families. PACE Policy Brief. Early Education Series.
Because many parents who are eligible for child care subsidies do not use them, many state and local leaders are trying to determine why families are not more eager to participate and how their agencies can become more accommodating. This policy brief, drawn from data obtained through the Growing Up in Poverty Project and interviews with county welfare and child care administrators and advocates, examines variations in the use of child care subsidies and provides examples of effective programs and policy strategies. The brief provides background information about the nature and importance of child care assistance under welfare reform. Next, the brief discusses possible reasons for low levels of parents' use of subsidies, including the equation of subsidy use with center care, parents' unwillingness to become entangled with the welfare bureaucracy, and lack of information on the program. Finally, the brief presents an array of novel strategies devised by local agencies to increase subsidy utilization: (1) creation of a state child care guarantee; (2) expansion of local child care organizations; (3) creation of adequate payment rates and affordable parent fees; (4) frequent review of family caseloads; (5) co-location of child care staff at welfare offices; (6) effective child care orientations; (7) cross training of welfare and child care staff; and (8) parent outreach and engagement. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Management, Local Government, Low Income Groups, Parent Attitudes, Public Policy, State Government, State Programs
PACE, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education, 3653 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670 ($10). Tel: 510-642-7223.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, New Haven, CT.; California State Dept. of Social Services, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education, Berkeley, CA.