ERIC Number: ED475658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Ability To Transfer TANF to CCDF in House Welfare Bill (H.R.4) Is Still Not the Answer to Unmet Child Care Needs.
This document is comprised of four Center for Law and Policy articles dealing with federal child care subsidies. The first discusses the proposed welfare reauthorization that includes an increase in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding and an increase in the amount states can transfer from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to CCDBG. The article then lists reasons why this increased funding and expanded transfer authority will not be useful in addressing unmet and increasing child care assistance needs. The second article provides background information on eligibility and funding for child care assistance through CCDBG, TANF, and the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). The article notes that the vast majority of eligible children did not receive assistance in FY 2000, and asserts that needs and enrollment projections by the Department of Health and Human Services significantly overstate the extent to which states are currently meeting child care assistance needs. The article then analyzes the methodology and assumptions underlying the HHS projections. The third article examines the welfare reauthorization bill, which includes a $1 billion increase over 5 years in CCDBG funds. The article asserts that this increase in not sufficient to allow states to meet the new work requirement, to maintain their current levels of services against inflation, or to make up for decreased child care resources. The fourth article examines the Bush administration's projections of a decrease of 200,000 in the number of children receiving child care subsidies during the next 5 years, due to proposed freezes on various sources of federal child care funding. The article contends that this figure substantially understates the number of children who will no longer be served by child care subsidies because the projections are based on overly optimistic assumptions about the level of both state resources and federal TANF resources that states will devote to child care during that period. All four articles contain references in the form of footnotes. (HTH)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, State Federal Aid, State Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families