Analysis of Child Welfare Services Expenditure Data and Child Day Care Expenditure Data: Phase II Report. I. BACKGROUND


With funding assistance from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the American Public Welfare Association (APWA) has been attempting to develop a good estimate of national expenditures for Child Welfare Services and Child Day Care Services. Instead of collecting new data, the project was designed to clarify or enhance the State expenditure data which had already been gathered from most States. It is believed that such information is of extreme importance to all concerned in providing a sound foundation for future policy and program development at the national level.

This report is designed to supplement the Preliminary Report produced by the project in January 1988. It provides answers to two major questions related to these areas.

  1. What were the total estimated Federal, State and local expenditures for Child Welfare Services and Child Day Care Services for the years 1984 and 1985?

  2. What were the reported expenditures for the six primary areas of Child Welfare Services for 1984 and 1985?

In the preparation of this report, APWA has used the most recent reliable information available from States. This second report contains the most current expenditure data from 26 States and should serve as a supplement to the original document.

Upon completion of the project, ASPE plans to share the information with Congress, agencies in the executive branch of the Federal government and other appropriate government bodies.

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