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2003 report on child care in Cook County: Elements of child care supply and demand
Action for Children, 2004
Chicago: Action for Children. (No longer accessible as of August 28, 2013).

An analysis for fiscal year 2003 of child care supply and demand in Cook County, IL.

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America's after-school choice: The prime time for juvenile crime or youth enrichment and achievement
Newman, Sanford, 2000
Washington, DC: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. (No longer accessible as of September 14, 2012)

An overview of After School programs in the United States outlining the need for programs, current state of programs and calls for further research, presented by Fight Crime, an advocacy organization

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America's child care crisis: A crime prevention tragedy
Newman, Sanford, January, 2000
Washington, DC: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

A review and analysis of research findings on the relationship between child care and reduced crime rates, with an emphasis on program quality and the need for public investment

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Child care and early education: The effects of professional development efforts and compensation on quality of early care and education services
Lowenstein, Amy E., March, 2004
(Child Care and Early Education: Research and Policy Series Report No. 2). Washington, DC: National Conference of State Legislatures.

An overview of the relationship between high quality early care and education and teachers' formal education, specialized training and compensation

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Child care and early education: The effects of regulation on the quality of early care and education
Ochshorn, Susan, March, 2004
(Child Care and Early Education: Research and Policy Series Report No. 3). Washington, DC: National Conference of State Legislatures

A review of recent research and policy on child care and early education program regulation, including information on current state regulatory strategies and processes in areas such as staff child ratios, staff training, safety, and physical environments

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Child care assistance under welfare reform: Early responses by the states
Long, Sharon K., 1998
(Occasional Paper No. 15). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

An exploration of the child care assistance system in place just before the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) and statesí use of the increased freedom of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to develop new systems of assistance

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Child care instability: Definitions, context, and policy implications
Adams, Gina, October 2010
Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

An examination of child care instability, including its definition and characteristics, causes, relationship to child care subsidies, and policy implications

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Child care subsidies and TANF: A synthesis of three studies on systems, policies, and parents
Holcomb, Pamela A., 2006
Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A summary of findings from a three-part study of the interaction between state and local welfare-to-work programs and child care assistance programs, focusing on administrative structures, protocols and interagency coordination as they affect administrators and TANF parents, child care subsidy use by parents in transition to work, and the experiences of current and former TANF recipients with the subsidy system

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Child care subsidy policies and practices: Implications for child care providers
Adams, Gina, 2003
(Series A, No. A-57). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of subsidy policies and practices that can shape the experiences of providers serving subsidized children, especially the way providersí pay and their ability to navigate the subsidy system affect their participation in the system, the quality of child care, and their financial stability; based on interviews and site visits in 17 sites

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A critical policy imperative: Making preschool education work for Latinos in Illinois
Latinos United, 2007
Chicago: Latinos United.

An overview of the demographic characteristics of and child care access barriers facing Latino families in Illinois, with recommendations for ensuring Latino children benefit from public prekindergarten

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Does child care assistance matter?: The effects of welfare and employment programs on child care for very young children
Gennetian, Lisa A., 2001
(The Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 2). New York: MDRC.

An analysis of the effects of child care assistance on infant toddler child care use by low-income single-parent families, using data from five experimental evaluation studies of welfare and employment programs

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Early care and education for children in low-income families: Patterns of use, quality, and potential policy implications
Adams, Gina, May 2007
Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A review of research in four areas: 1) child care and early education usage patterns among children from low-income families, 2) child care and early education quality and its relation to child development, 3) child care and early education quality for children from low-income families, and 4) the policy context shaping child care and early education quality

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The effects of a poverty reduction program on families and children: Lessons from New Hope
MDRC, 1999
New York: MDRC

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Effects of welfare and employment policies on young children: New findings on policy experiments conducted in the early 1990s
Morris, Pamela A., 2005
Social Policy Report, 19(2)

A policy report analyzing previous research on how preschool children's development is affected by welfare policies, particularly those that increase parental employment and income

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Elements of child care supply and demand: 2004 report on child care in Cook county
Action for Children, 2004
Chicago: Action for Children.

An investigation of the supply of and demand for child care in Cook County, Illinois through presentation of a multi-dimensional portrait presenting findings on the variety of families with children served, child care providers, the child care rates, and child care referrals

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Enhancing family friend and neighbor caregiving quality: The research case for public engagement
Brandon, Richard N., 2005
Seattle: University of Washington, Human Services Policy Center.

An overview of the prevalence and quality of family, friend, and neighbor child care, as well as characteristics of caregivers and caregiving arrangements

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Family and individual predictors of child care use by low-income families in different policy contexts
Huston, Aletha C.,
(Summary of Key Findings for Working Paper No. 9) New York: MDRC.

A summary of findings from an exploration of factors influencing the use of child care by low-income families

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The food stamp dependent care deduction: Help for families with child care costs
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.), March 2010
Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

An inquiry into the use of the dependent care deduction by Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in the determination of food stamp eligibility and benefits

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Implementing the TANF changes in the Deficit Reduction Act: ''Win-win'' solutions for families and states
Parrott, Sharon, 2006
Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

An outline of changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) requirements under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, with guidance for states regarding potential strategies and future policy choices

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Lost in the maze: Reforming New York City's fragmented child care subsidy system
Carlson, Barbara Coccodrilli, 2004
New York: Welfare Law Center.

Recommendations for improvements in the integration and ease of use of the New York City child care subsidy system, based on focus group results

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More than a work support?: Issues around integrating child development goals into the child care subsidy system
Adams, Gina, 2002
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 17(4), 418-440

A description of issues involved in using the child care subsidy system to support child development

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Moving towards a system: The community profiles factbook
Illinois Facilities Fund, 2003
Chicago: Illinois Facilities Fund.

An early childhood program needs assessment conducted for each Illinois county and municipality

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A review of child care policies in experimental welfare and employment programs
Gennetian, Lisa A., 2001
(Next Generation Working Papers Series No. 1). New York: MDRC.

An exploration of child care policy components of experimental welfare and employment studies, based on a data from 9 studies of 21 programs

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State CCDBG plans to promote opportunities for babies & toddlers in child care
Lim, Teresa, December 2009
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

A synthesis of state plans for the improvement of low-income children's access to child care through the use of Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) expenditures, with a focus on the increase of family engagement, the development of a support network for providers, and the improvement of family's access to comprehensive services to promote children's health and development

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State initiatives to promote early learning: Next steps in coordinating subsidized child care, Head Start, and state prekindergarten
Schumacher, Rachel, 2001
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

This document addresses the expanded funding for subsidized child care, the Head Start program, and in some states, prekindergarten initiatives. It describes the challenges facing Georgia, Massachusetts and Ohio in addressing the need to provide work supports for families and the need to address school readiness for all children. The paper also offers recommendations to these states.

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