State Child Care Assistance Policies 2008: Too Little Progress for Children and Families

Source: Karen Schulman, Helen Blank, National Women’s Law Center, Issue Brief, September 2008

The National Women’s Law Center’s new nationwide report reveals that states continue to fall short of providing low-income parents the support they need to obtain good-quality child care, despite modest gains in some areas.

This edition of our annual analysis, State Child Care Assistance Policies 2008: Too Little Progress for Children and Families, compares child care assistance policies in 2008 to 2007 and 2001 in four policy areas: income eligibility, waiting lists for assistance, copayment requirements, and reimbursement rates for providers. Some states have made progress since 2007, but most states continue to be behind where they were in 2001.

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