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Toward a Decade of Indifference: Administration Budget Ignores Child Care Needs of Working Families

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Publication Date: February 2006

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Hannah Matthews; Danielle Ewen

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Child care assistance is critical to helping low-income working families succeed and find quality child care that fosters their children's well-being and healthy development. Yet the President's 2007 budget proposal, released on February 6, 2006, freezes discretionary child care funding for the fifth consecutive year.

The result will be a 25 percent drop in the number of children from low-income working families who get help paying for child care by 2011, as compared with 2000 numbers.