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ERIC Number: ED460202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Nowhere To Turn: New York City's Failure To Inform Parents on Public Assistance about Their Child Care Rights.
Powell, Roslyn; Cahill, Mia
This 1999 study assessed whether laws protecting low-income people's rights were being followed and whether people on public assistance were receiving appropriate information about child care. Surveys of 92 parents, predominantly women, indicated that most were concerned about being sanctioned if they were unable to work (often because their caseworker threatened them with this), even if it was due to lack of child care. Over half of the parents received no assistance from their caseworkers in getting child care. Most parents with child care in place relied on informal care. New York City and State have taken some steps to remedy this situation. A memorandum issued to all New York counties advised them of their responsibility to inform parents on public assistance that they cannot be sanctioned if they cannot work due to lack of child care. A notice was issued apprising parents of their child care rights and obligations. Recommendations include ensuring that welfare caseworkers are trained about child care rights and that recipients know their rights and ensuring that child care and welfare advocates, low income parents, and the child care community are involved in decision making. (Contains 33 endnotes.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York, NY
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)