Issue Brief

No. 780

Federal Child Care Funding for Low-Income Families: How Much Is Needed?
July 22, 2002


Jane Koppelman, Consultant


With reauthorization of the 1996 welfare reform law being debated, this paper looks at the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant and the Child Care and Development Fund — key components of congressional proposals to set a dollar amount for government spending on child care. This issue brief provides background on current child care use, arrangements, and cost, as well as research findings on the measurement of quality in child care programs.

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