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Bush Administration Projects that the Number of Children Receiving Child Care Subsidies Will Fall by 200,000 During the Next Five Years: Actual Loss in Child Care Subsidies Likely Would Be Far Greater

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Publication Date: February 2003

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Sharon Parrott; Jennifer Mezey

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

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The Bush Administration projects that under its child care block grant funding proposals the number of children who would receive child care subsidies will fall by 200,000 by 2007. This document argues that this 200,000 figure is likely to understate by a substantial amount the decline in the number of children who would receive child care subsidies because the Administrations projections are based on overly optimistic assumptions about the level of both state resources and federal TANF resources that states will devote to child care over the next five years.