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ERIC Number: ED464191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Navigating the Child Care Subsidy System: Policies and Practices That Affect Access and Retention. New Federalism: Issues and Options for States, Series A, No. A-50. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Adams, Gina; Snyder, Kathleen; Sandfort, Jodi R.
This brief summarizes the report, "Getting and Retaining Child Care Assistance: How Policy and Practice Influence Families' Experiences," examining subsidy policies and practices that affect subsidy utilization, including those that affect every interaction the parent has with the subsidy agency and those that affect the ease of applying for, and retaining, subsidies. Information comes from interviews with state and local child care administrators and key experts and from focus groups with caseworkers, parents, and providers in 12 Assessing the New Federalism states. Research occurred between 1999 and 2000. Results indicate that many subsidy policies and practices make it difficult for low-income eligible families to access and retain child care subsidies. Barriers include interactions with caseworkers, general office practices and accessibility, use of multiple agencies, and the eligibility recertification process. Subsidies can be complex to access and obtain. Various practices may inadvertently undercut several fundamental goals of the child care subsidy system, including supporting work, reducing welfare receipt, and promoting stable child care. They may contribute to lower subsidy usage and higher subsidy turnover rates. Yet a number of sites have policies and practices that support access and retention, and states and localities have the freedom to implement such strategies in the current federal context. (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families