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ERIC Number: ED592628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Work Requirements, Education and Training, and Child Care
Adams, Gina; Spaulding, Shayne
Urban Institute
National and state policymakers are considering whether to expand or establish work requirements for safety net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. During this process, policymakers should take into account what safety net program recipients need to meet those requirements and place themselves on a path toward self-sufficiency--the larger goal of all safety net programs. Among those potentially subject to work requirements are low-income parents with limited education and low skills who need education and training to find and keep stable jobs. However, a lack of quality, affordable child care often inhibits parents' pursuit of education and training. Child care is expensive, subsidies are limited for parents with these needs, and care is often not available during the evening and weekend hours or irregular schedules when many parents need coverage. To inform policy discussions about the implementation of work requirements, the authors have compiled research insights about meeting the child care needs of low-income parents seeking education and job training. This brief pulls from the 12 studies produced under Urban Institute's Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Intersection between Child Care and Workforce Development for Low-Income Parents project, to ensure that the realities facing parents needing education and training are part of this important policy discussion. To frame the issues specific to the population of parents that may be subject to new work requirements, the authors also analyzed data from the first wave of the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families