Child Care Subsidy Staff Share Perspectives on Administrative Burden Faced by Latino Applicants in North Carolina

Through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), states administer child care subsidy programs to support low-income parents’ employment and expand children’s access to high-quality child care. Many Hispanic children stand to benefit from this key public investment, given that most live with an employed parent and more than half live in low-income households. This brief examines how CCDF policies are interpreted and implemented on the ground by local caseworkers and administrators who work directly with families seeking subsidies. Using an online survey to assess the administrative burden for Hispanic applicants, researchers found that all local subsidy staff identified employment as an approved activity; most (80% or more) considered education, job training, and activities related to the TANF program to be approved; and fewer (60% to 70%) considered job searching and activities related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to be approved.

Record Type: 
Research-To-Practice Brief
Publication Date: 
September, 2022
Date: 
September 2022
Source: 
Partner Resources
Geographic Area: 
Urban
State: 
North Carolina
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Asset Building
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Care
    • SNAP/Food Assistance
  • Special Populations
  • TANF Program Administration
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