Following the 2014 reauthorization of the federal Child Care Development Block Grant, which provides child care assistance, Michigan adopted key changes to its CDC program. These changes occurred in three clusters: instituting a graduated exit and extending the eligibility period to 12 months (2015), delinking provider assignment from subsidy approval (2016), and increasing income-eligibility limits and raising provider payment rates (2017). The overarching goal of these changes was to improve low-income parents’ access to child care. This brief focuses on two key outcomes: length of time in the program and continuity of care. Length of program participation is measured here as the number of continuous program pay periods when a subsidy is in use. Continuity of care refers how long a particular child remains with the same provider. (author abstract)
The impact of child care subsidy changes on access to quality care in Michigan: Evidence from administrative data
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