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The Impact of Georgia's ACCESS Initiative on Subsidized Child Care


The primary objective of this project is to develop a rigorous, policy-relevant, actionable evaluation plan of co-payment waivers in Georgia's child care subsidy program that leverages and takes advantage of the intervention that has begun under the state's Awarding Child Care Education Scholarship Supplements (ACCESS) initiative, which waives co-payments for all families receiving child care subsidies through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. The evaluation plan will carefully consider how the ACCESS initiative and family-copayments affect equitable access to subsidized child care, especially for Black children. In order to support the development of the evaluation plan, the project team will review documents, policies, and research on reimbursement rates and family co-payment policies in CCDF programs across the nation; gather information from DECAL staff about their experiences and perspectives on the ACCESS initiative as well as family co-payments; and conduct interviews with representatives from local organizations that work closely with child care providers. In addition, the project team will investigate which child care subsidy administrative data could be used in a rigorous evaluation and explore the potential to link such data to administrative data from other federal programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to identify a set of subsidy-eligible families. (author abstract)

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Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects
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