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National study of child care for low-income families: State and community substudy interim report

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Layzer, Jean I. & Collins, Ann
Publication Date: 
2 Nov 2000

Available in print for order (see SOURCE) and online for download.

Excerpt from the executive summary:

The study is designed to examine: how states and communities implement policies and programs to meet the child care needs of families moving from welfare to work, as well as those of other low-income families; how policies change over time; and how the relationships between these policies and other factors affect the type, amount and cost of care in communities. In addition, the study is investigating the factors that shape the child care decisions of low-income families, and the role that child care subsidies play in those decisions. Finally the study is examining, in depth and over a period of two and half years, a group of families that use various kinds of family child care and their child care providers, to develop a better understanding of the family child care environment and to what extent the care provided in that environment meets parents' needs for care that supports their work-related needs and meets children's needs for a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.