ERIC Number: ED463374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Unfinished Agenda: Child Care for Low-Income Families Since 1996. Implications for Federal and State Policy. [Report and] Policy Brief.
Mezey, Jennifer; Greenberg, Mark H.; Schumacher, Rachel; Lombardi, Joan; Hutchins, John
This report and policy brief synthesizes findings from five reports on the experiences of low-income parents, child care providers, and state child care systems in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Texas, and Washington. In recent years, there has been increased national funding for child care but deteriorating economic conditions that could jeopardize programmatic gains. The number of families and children receiving subsidy assistance has increased substantially since 1996, as has the number needing assistance, and demand is outstripping supply. Low-income families with subsidies are more likely to access formal and regulated child care than their unsubsidized peers, but low payment rates and insufficient supply of necessary and appropriate child care may limit their ability to access a broad range of care. Although most subsidized children receive care in licensed settings, there is little information about the quality of these settings, and even less information about the quality of license-exempt and informal child care settings. Recent increases in funding may have helped low-income families afford higher quality care. Recommendations for federal policymakers in the areas of funding, quality, administrative barriers, access to a broad array of care, and data collection are presented. An appendix includes executive summaries of the five reports. (SM)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Low Income Groups, Quality Control, State Government
Center for Law and Social Policy, 1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-906-8000; Fax: 202-842-2885; Web site: http://www.clasp.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Public Welfare Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Texas; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families