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Reversing Direction on Welfare Reform: President's Budget Cuts Child Care for More Than 300,000 Children

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The Administration's proposed budget estimates that the number of children receiving child care already fell by 100,000 over the last year, and will fall by another 200,000 over the next five years, resulting in a decline from 2.5 million children in FY 2003 to 2.2 million in FY 2009. This analysis, jointly prepared by CLASP and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, shows that the Administration's estimate is an understatement; in fact, the number of children receiving child care assistance would decline by 447,000 between FYs 2003 and 2009.

Supplementary file: A two-page appendix on the methodology used in this analysis.