ERIC Number: EJ1039314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Child-Care Subsidies and Child-Care Choices over Time
Johnson, Anna D.; Martin, Anne; Ryan, Rebecca M.
Child Development, v85 n5 p1843-1851 Sep-Oct 2014
The evidence to date on the federal child-care subsidy program's effect on preschool child-care quality is mixed. However, an as-yet untested outcome of subsidy receipt is subsequent child-care choice. Specifically, it is possible that subsidy receipt in toddlerhood increases the likelihood of attending other publicly funded preschool programs--Head Start and public pre-k--that provide the highest quality care available to low-income families. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (n ˜ 2,100; approximately 2 years old), this study finds that subsidy receipt during toddlerhood predicts greater use of the other forms of publicly funded care in the preschool year, although only if the earlier subsidy is used in a center. These results highlight a previously unconsidered potential benefit of the subsidy program.
Descriptors: Child Care, Grants, Longitudinal Studies, Toddlers, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education, Predictor Variables, Predictive Validity, Federal Programs, School Choice, Cohort Analysis, Social Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH); National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: F32 HD068083