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The Resource Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Illinois Site Public Use Files, 2005-2006

Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Illinois Site Public Use Files, 2005-2006

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Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Illinois Site Public Use Files, 2005-2006
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Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Illinois Site Public Use Files, 2005-2006
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The Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies is a multi-site, multi-year effort to determine whether and how different child care subsidy policies and procedures and quality improvement efforts help low-income parents obtain and hold onto jobs and improve outcomes for children. Funding from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administered by the Child Care Bureau are divided into two purposes. The vast majority are aimed at assisting children of low-income working parents whose eligibility is determined by states within broad federal guidelines, while a much smaller portion (4 percent) work with state matching funds to improve the quality of child care for all children. For this study series, four experiments were conducted, two test alternative subsidy policies for low-income families and two test approaches to the use of set-aside funds for improving child care quality for all children. The four study sites and focus of evaluation include: (1) the effectiveness of three language and literacy curricula on teaching practices and children's language and literacy outcomes (Miami Dade County, Florida); (2) the impact of alternative eligibility and re-determination child care subsidy policies on parental employment outcomes (Illinois); (3) the impact of alternative child care co-payment structures on use of child care subsidies and employment outcomes (Washington) and (4) the effectiveness of training on Learning Games curriculum in changing care-giving practices in family child care homes and children's developmental outcomes (Massachusetts). The Illinois site of the Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies was designed to test the impact of increased income eligibility and extended redetermination period on various child care and economic outcomes (such as type of care used, stability of child care arrangements, earnings, employment, etc.). Under the state's 2005 program rules, a family was eligible for subsidies if their income was below 50 percent of the state median income (SMI) for their family size, and this eligibility was redetermined for most families every 6 months. In the evaluation, income eligibility was extended to 50 to 65 percent of state median income, and the redetermination period was extended from 6 to 12 months. To isolate the impact of each programmatic change, families who qualified for the study were randomly assigned to one of three groups: (1) a control group, (2) a 6-month redetermination program group, or (3) a 12-month redetermination program group. Families in the control group received no enhanced access to subsidies; families in the 6-month program group were eligible for subsidies as long as their income remained below 65 percent of SMI and had to reapply for subsidies every 6 months; and families in the 12-month redetermination program group were eligible for subsidies with income up to 65 percent of SMI and had to reapply for subsidies every 12 months. In the follow-up survey, respondents were asked a series of questions about the following topics: <list type="bulleted"> <itm>Child Care Arrangements: These data were used to construct child-level measures of type and stability of the primary care arrangement.</itm> <itm>Child Care Reliability and Flexibility, Satisfaction with the Care, and Costs: These questions were used to create a summary measure of whether the respondent experienced any job-related problems due to child care arrangements. This section of the survey also contained a set of statements about the convenience of and satisfaction with child care at the time of the interview. Respondents were asked the total weekly amount they paid for all care at the time of the interview. This measure of out-of-pocket expenses was used rather than the provider-specific cost question from the section on child care arrangements because it was thought that parents would more reliably report their overall expenditures than their expenditures for each provider for each child.</itm> <itm>Employment: Information on jobs held at the time of the survey interview was used to create measures of employment, hours worked, and job characteristics for that job. Information on all jobs held in the year after random assignment was used to create measures of employment stability.</itm> <itm>Major Life Events: Respondents were asked about the occurrence of nine major types of events or other problems since the time of random assignment.</itm> <itm>Income: Respondents were asked about total household income and sources of income in the month prior to the survey.</itm></list>
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Collins, Ann
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Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Illinois Site Public Use Files, 2005-2006
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  • 2005-03--2006-08
  • 29001
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ICPSR29001.v1
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Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Illinois Site Public Use Files, 2005-2006
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  • 2005-03--2006-08
  • 29001
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ICPSR29001.v1
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Access restricted to subscribing institutions

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