Child Care Subsidy Programs

David M. Blau

in Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780226533568
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226533575 | DOI:
Child Care Subsidy Programs

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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

Chapter.  33046 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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