ERIC Number: ED460169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Changes in Minnesota Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems. State Update No. 3. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Tout, Kathryn; Martinson, Karin; Koralek, Robin; Ehrle, Jennifer
This brief summarizes information collected during visits to Hennepin County (Minnesota's largest urban county) in 1999 and 2000 to document changes and progress since 1997. It updates a 1997 report that reviewed the benefits and services in the state and described the economic and political context shaping Minnesota's agenda for serving low-income families. The report begins by profiling the population, economic conditions, and political landscape in Minnesota during the second visit, then it describes Minnesota's social safety net for low income families. It reviews the service delivery structure in Minnesota, focusing on organizational and policy changes, budgets, and overall philosophy of support for low income families. It describes three key services in the state (income support and workforce development, child care assistance, and child welfare programs). The report concludes that Minnesota stands out in its provision of relatively generous program benefits to support its longstanding goal of reducing poverty and helping families become self-sufficient. Its expenditures for child care assistance increased dramatically over the years, though there are still long waiting lists for services. Child welfare cases have not increased following welfare reform. Remaining challenges include increasingly diverse caseloads and a severe housing shortage. (Contains 20 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Employment Services, Federal Programs, Low Income Groups, Political Influences, Social Influences, State Programs, Urban Areas, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
Urban Institute, 2100 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20037. Tel: 202-261-5687. For full text: http://www.urban.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families