Child Care Voucher Programs: Provider Experiences in Five Counties

Source: Gina Adams, Monica Rohacek, Kathleen Snyder, Urban Institute, May 14, 2008

From the summary:
Subsidies in the form of child care vouchers that help parents pay for child care in the setting of their choice are an important support for low-income families. Providers willing to accept children with vouchers, and to provide high quality services, are a linchpin of the child care voucher system. Yet we know relatively little about the experiences of child care providers with the voucher system, and the policies and practices that most affect them. This comprehensive report looks at the experiences of child care centers and licensed family child care homes with the voucher subsidy system in five counties around the country in 2003-04. Using a blend of quantitative data from a telephone survey of a representative sample of providers and qualitative data from site visits, this report examines the experiences of providers in serving children who receive vouchers and in working with voucher agencies; identifies the key features of the child care voucher program, policies, and implementation that most affect providers; and highlights specific policy strategies that can help the voucher system better meet the needs of providers. The paper is one of several being produced as part of the Urban Institute’s Child Care Providers and the Child Care Voucher System project.

See Also:
Child Care Vouchers and Unregulated Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care

Child Care Centers, Child Care Vouchers, and Faith-Based Organizations

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