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Modeling the cost of child care in the District of Columbia

OSSE and Otero Strategy Group LLC worked with Louise Stoney and Libbie Poppick, nationally recognized early childhood finance experts, to model the cost of delivering services at each level of the District's current Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) at both center- and home-based settings. The objectives of this work were to 1) identify the fiscal impact of the District's QRIS standards on centers and homes; 2) identify key cost drivers that cut across all QRIS levels; 3) explore differential costs between programs that serve primarily (or exclusively) infants and toddlers and those that serve primarily (or exclusively) 3- and 4-year-old children; 4) create greater transparency on how the child care market operates; and 5) provide information that will allow key stakeholders and policymakers in the District to test a range of alternative rate-setting and subsidy policy recommendations with a clear understanding of the fiscal impact of these decisions. (author abstract)
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United States
District of Columbia

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