Narrow Cost Analysis, A Three-Part Series for CCDF Lead Agencies

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agencies are required to consider cost information when setting payment rates. Many meet these by doing a narrow cost analysis. This three-part series of issue briefs includes helpful information on: (1) Defining narrow cost analysis; (2) Approaches to narrow cost analysis including cost models and cost surveys; and (3) Using a narrow cost analysis to inform payment rates. These resources can help OST leaders understand how CCDF is moving toward the true cost of quality, equitable staff compensation, and increasing payment rates. This resource addresses equity. 

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Julia B. Isaacs, Lynn A. Karoly, Pia Caronongan, Katie Gonzalez, Peter Willenborg, and Sarah Prendergast
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Issue brief
89 pages for the 3 issue briefs
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