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Spend or Transfer, Federal or State: Considerations in Using TANF and TANF Related Dollars for Child Care

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Publication Date: January 1998

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

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

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper explains the ramifications of different child care funding streams used to assist low-income families. For example, if federal TANF Funds are directly used to purchase child care, then the family's TANF time-limited "clock" ticks — even if the family is only receiving child care assistance and is not receiving cash assistance. This paper also explores TANF fund transfers, child care through the Welfare to Work program, and use of state funds.