Figure 3 displays the months that families exited the subsidy programs for Federal Fiscal Years 2007 to 2010.13 Like spell beginnings, the timing of spell endings is more prevalent during certain months of the calendar year than in others. The caseloads in the table represent the number of families that received child care subsidies before experiencing at least a one-month break in subsidy participation. As shown in the figure, subsidy exits are more frequent in May and August than in other months.
Figure 3. Number of Families in the 35 States that Ended Subsidy Spells by Month of Exit (FY 2007 to FY 2010)
13 This figure presents data from a somewhat different time period from that shown in Figure 1. It excludes a very small number of families that began subsidies before FY 2004. Caseloads for the month of September 2010 are not included.