ERIC Number: ED460170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Changes in Massachusetts Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems. State Update No. 5. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Kaye, Laura; Nightingale, Demetra; Sandfort, Jodi; Fender, Lynne
This brief summarizes information collected during visits to Massachusetts in 1999 and 2000 to document changes and progress since 1997, updating a 1997 report on the state's benefits and services and the economic and political context shaping Massachusetts' agenda for serving low-income families. It profiles Massachusetts' economy and population, reviews the income and social services safety net and caseload statistics, and offers three main sections that examine specific programs and services, administrative structure, general service delivery, and policies affecting key programs and their clients. First, it describes Massachusetts' Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program, including its work-related component for TAFDC recipients, and the overall workforce development system. Next, it addresses Massachusetts' system for providing child care to TANF and low-income families. Finally, it describes the child welfare system. Massachusetts shows the implications of a strong "work first" approach to welfare reform. It was one of the first states to implement a consolidated workforce development and one-stop career center system. Massachusetts prioritizes work-related services to TAFDC recipients who leave assistance for employment. The child care system has received over $200 million in TANF funds, though there are still waiting lists for nonwelfare child care. (Contains 13 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Employment Services, Federal Programs, Low Income Groups, Political Influences, Social Influences, State Programs, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
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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: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families