While the state waits for new revenue to significantly expand early education and care opportunities for young children, it’s important to ensure that the existing subsidy system is operating as effectively as possible.
This was the intention of state legislators in FY14 when they approved $500,000 in funding to conduct a two-year, independent study of The Department of Early Education and Care’s (EEC) child care access accounts. These accounts are commonly referred to as Income Eligible, TANF, and Supportive Child Care. They consist of federal funds and required state matches, and they make up the majority of EEC’s budget.
Now, two years have passed and the research results are in.
The Urban Institute, a D.C.-based policy research organization, has released its findings in a series of policy reports that look at:
• improving the efficiency of the system
• analyzing gaps in the availability of subsidies, and,
• assessing the balance between providing quality early education for children and providing workforce support for guardians
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