New Report Encourages States to Help Families Keep Subsidies

Oct 28, 2010

By Danielle Ewen and Hannah Matthews 

States have a great deal of flexibility in setting child care policies to promote access to child care assistance. Adopting 12-month subsidy eligibility, with limited interim reporting requirements, is one strategy states can implement to promote sustained access to subsidies and continuous care arrangements for children. 

A number of states are considering changing subsidy rules to allow for 12-month eligibility and others have recently changed their policies. This is consistent with annual redetermination periods in other federal programs including Head Start and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

State policymakers must weigh the impacts of such a change on children and families in their state, as well as impacts on their child care programs. Regardless of the length of the initial eligibility period, all states can review interim recertification procedures and reporting requirements to increase the likelihood that eligible families are successful in retaining assistance. 

Read our new report that discusses the impacts of adopting annual redetermination and makes recommendations for simplifying interim reporting.

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