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Assessing the New Federalism
Weil, Alan,
Washington, DC: Urban Institute

A multi-year, multi-pronged project that analyzes state policy choices, including policy development and implementation, and family well-being in the context of the significant devolution of responsibility for social programs from the federal government to the states

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Can child care assistance in welfare and employment programs support the employment of low-income families?
Gennetian, Lisa A., 2004
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 23(4), 723-743

An investigation of different welfare and employment programs with child care assistance policies and their effects on employment rates and child care decisions of low income families

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Child care arrangements for children under five: Variation across states
Capizzano, Jeffrey, 2000
(Series B, No. B-7). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the primary child care arrangements of children under five whose mothers are employed, as well as of the variations in patterns of child care arrangements by state, by the child's age, and by the income status of the child's family.

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Child care expenses of America's families
Giannarelli, Linda, 2000
(Occasional Paper No. 40). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the child care expenses of working families with children under age 13, with particular attention to low-income families.

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The effects of welfare and employment policies on child care use by low-income young mothers
Gassman-Pines, Anna, 2003
(Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 19). New York: MDRC.

A study examining the welfare and employer child care policies on low income young mothers, using data from the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies (NEWWS), Florida?s Family Transition Program (FTP) and the Minnesota?s Family Investment Program (MFIP)

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Family and individual predictors of child care use by low-income families in different policy contexts
Huston, Aletha C., 2002
(The Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 9). New York: MDRC.

A study of the impact of family and child characteristics on low income parents' use of child care, child care quality and receipt of child care subsidies.

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Getting and retaining child care assistance: How policy and practice influence parents experiences
Adams, Gina, 2002
(Occasional Paper No. 55). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of parents' interaction with the child care subsidy system and how state and local subsidy policies and practices affect parents' experiences. Particular attention is paid to the process of applying for and retaining subsidies.

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Going to scale with high-quality early education: Choices and consequences in universal pre-kindergarten efforts
Christina, Rachel, 2005
(TR-237-EDU). Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.

An overview of policy implications for states attempting to provide high-quality prekindergarten access

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The hours that children under five spend in child care: Variation across states
Capizzano, Jeffrey, 2000
(Series B, No. B-8). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the number of hours that children under five spent in child care while their mothers were at work and the variations in child care use by state, by the child's age, and by the income status of the child's family.

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The number of child care arrangements used by children under five: Variation across states
Capizzano, Jeffrey, 2000
(Series B, No. B-12). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the consistent weekly use of multiple child care arrangements by employed mothers of preschool children, examining variations by state, child age, and family income level, and analyzing combinations of child care types, based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF)

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Poised for shaping results-based early learning systems: A report on child care resource and referral in the United States
Smith, Linda K., June, 2003
Washington, DC: National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. (No longer accessible as of September 12, 2012)

A national study of child care resource and referral agencies, including services provided to parents and providers, sources and levels of agency funding, and agency data collecting activities, based on a survey of state child care resource and referral agencies

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Stability and change in child care and employment: Evidence from three states
Miller, Cynthia, 2005
(Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 20). New York: MDRC.

An examination of patterns of child care use and employment stability among welfare recipients in Connecticut, Florida, and Minnesota

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State child care profile for children with employed mothers: Minnesota
Snyder, Kathleen, 2001
(State Profiles No. 01-25). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A profile of child care in Minnesota that analyzed the types and number of child care arrangements used by families, the hours children spent in care, and the amount of money families spent on care, as well as variations by the child's age and family income status.

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Welfare reform and children: A synthesis of impacts in five states: The Project on State-Level Child Outcomes
Tout, Kathryn, 2004
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

A compilation of findings from the Project on State-Level Child Outcome, a longitudinal evaluation of how welfare programs in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota impacted participating children and adults

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Who's caring for our youngest children?: Child care patterns of infants and toddlers
Ehrle, Jennifer, 2001
(Occasional Paper No. 42). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A compendium of child care arrangements and characteristics for children under three years old, based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF)

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