The Impact of TANF Funding on State Child Care Subsidy Programs

Publication Date: September 2001

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Janellen Duffy; Mark Greenberg; Rachel Schumacher

Research Area: Social conditions

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report describes the growing use by states of federal welfare block grant dollars to help fund child care subsidy programs and to assist low-income working families with child care needs. The report explains how states may use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant dollars for child care, describes national trends in commitment of TANF to child care since the block grant structure was implemented, documents examples of state child care achievements funded by TANF, and discusses the implications for state and federal budgets and policy. The report concludes with recommendations for the reauthorization of TANF and the Child Care and Development Fund block grants in 2002.

A Policy brief is included as a supplementary file.