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Using the Access Framework to guide child care policy during the COVID-19 crisis

States have the opportunity to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on those most affected by child care disruptions by ensuring that child care policies that are implemented promote equitable access. This brief illustrates how CCDF state administrators; local, state, and federal policymakers; and researchers can apply the Access Framework—which utilizes a family-centered, multi-dimensional definition of access and is a project supported by the Office of Research, Planning, and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and managed by Child Trends. This framework can assist states in making child care subsidy policy and funding decisions, assessing state capacity, and tracking progress toward equitable access over time. Using the Access Framework to guide equitable access will be especially important as states respond to and move toward recovery from COVID-19. (author abstract)
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United States

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