ERIC Number: ED561403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Stability of Subsidy Participation and Continuity of Care in the Child Care Assistance Program in Minnesota. Minnesota Child Care Choices Research Brief Series. Publication #2014-55
Davis, Elizabeth E.; Krafft, Caroline; Tout, Kathryn
The Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides subsidies to help low-income families pay for child care while parents are working, looking for work, or attending school. The program can help make quality child care affordable and is intended both to support employment for low-income families and to support the development and school-readiness of children. Research on how children and families are using the program can help policymakers improve program design and implementation to support these dual goals. In this brief, we use CCAP administrative data to analyze some key aspects of how families participate in the program in Minnesota. This research updates and expands an earlier study and follows families over a longer time period. The key objectives of this study are to understand how long children participate in CCAP, how long their subsidized care arrangements last, and whether they are likely to return to the program after a break in subsidy receipt. The continuity of children's subsidies and subsidized care arrangements has important implications for children's development and families' ability to maintain employment. The following are appended: (1) Sample and number of observations; and (2) Additional Tables. Definitions of terms used in this study are included.
Descriptors: Child Care, Financial Support, Low Income Groups, Costs, School Readiness, Family Programs, State Aid, Individual Characteristics, Children, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Family Structure, Welfare Services, Child Care Centers, Probability, Use Studies
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation
Authoring Institution: Child Trends; Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Grant or Contract Numbers: 90YE0132