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Child Care Subsidy Programs

Child Care Subsidy Programs

Chapter:
(p.443) 7 Child Care Subsidy Programs
Source:
Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States
Author(s):
David M. Blau
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226533575.003.0008

Child care and early education subsidies for low-income families make up a relatively small but growing share of the portfolio of government means-tested transfer programs in the United States. The federal and state governments are estimated to have spent at least 18 billion dollars on such subsidies in fiscal year 1999. This chapter describes child care and early education subsidy programs in the United States; discusses the rationale for such programs and the economic issues raised by their existence and structure; reviews evidence on the effects of the programs on the behavior and outcomes of low-income families; and discusses proposals for the reform of such programs.

Keywords:   early education subsidy, low-income families, means-tested transfer

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