National Study of Child Care for Low Income Families

This project will study the low income child care market in 25 communities in 17 States with a sub-study to examine the family child care market in 5 neighborhoods drawn from these communities. In addition, the project will conduct a survey of 2,500 low-income families in the same 25 communities to determine how child care decisions are made and to assess the effects of child care subsidies on their choices.The information provided from the study will help inform the issues surrounding subsidized child care and its implementation by the States, with particular attention to the provisions in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) over time, as well as how significant shifts in welfare policy and programs affect the child care market for welfare recipients and the working poor at the community level. Additionally, this project will conduct a survey of 2,500 low-income families in the same 25 communities to determine how child care decisions are made and assess the effects of child care subsidies on their choices.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Jakopic, Richard
202-205-5930

PIC ID: 6845

PERFORMER: Abt Associates, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/29/2002