Research-To-Practice Brief

Reports Explore Employment Patterns, Child Care Needs Among Low-Income Parents

Many low-income working parents rely on subsidized childcare. The program supports qualifying families to work or attend school, many of whom may be unable to afford market-rate childcare. Examining parents’ income and employment patterns can guide policymakers to optimally structure subsidized childcare to support sustained employment and improve program engagement. This Chapin Hall brief series focuses on the work, school, and childcare engagement of Illinois families enrolled in the Child Care Assistance Program. This brief series includes:

  1. Parental Need for Child Care Assistance;
  2. Where Parents Work; and
  3. Earnings & Child Care Assistance After One Year. 
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