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Families Forgotten: Administration's Priorities Put Child Care Low on List

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Publication Date: February 2007

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


Despite evidence that child care assistance is critical to helping low-income families to work and to succeed financially, the President's FY 2008 budget proposal freezes discretionary child care funding for the sixth consecutive year. According to the Administration's own estimates, 300,000 children will lose child care assistance by 2010. This is in addition to 150,000 children who have already lost assistance since 2000.