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Improving child care subsidy programs: Findings from the Work Support Strategies evaluation

To help inform states currently focusing on simplifying access to benefits and improving service delivery, including those implementing the new requirements, this report highlights steps taken and lessons learned by five states that--before the reauthorization of the CCDF--were already working actively to improve CCDF benefit access and retention, efficiency of service delivery, quality of client service, and alignment of the CCDF with other benefit programs. These states participated in the Work Support Strategies (WSS) initiative between 2012 and 2015 (box 2). As part of WSS, these states took steps to simplify the process for accessing and retaining child care subsidies and aligned that process with those for accessing other key work supports, especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The lessons learned by these states are directly relevant to the current efforts states are making to implement the newly reauthorized CCDF and to broader efforts to improve service delivery for their clients. In this report, we lay out some of the key lessons and insights from the WSS states in the following areas: - Why did states pursue changes to child care subsidy systems? - What changes did states make? - What issues did states encounter? We conclude with a brief discussion of the implications of these findings for implementation of the reauthorized CCDF. (author abstract)
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South Carolina; Rhode Island; North Carolina; Illinois; Idaho; Colorado

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