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Predicting participation in the child care subsidy system from provider features, community characteristics, and use of funding streams


Child care subsidies and other sources of public funding for early education can assist low-income families with accessing child care. However, the number of providers that accept child care subsidies is declining, threatening both the sustainability of these government programs and access to early care and education for families from low-income backgrounds. The current study identifies factors that may influence center-based child care providers’ subsidy system participation using nationally representative data from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (n = 7771). Our results suggest that certain features of providers, such as having a quality rating, and the poverty density of the community within which a center operates may be positively related to subsidy system participation. (author abstract)

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United States
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