NCASE Resource Library
This report from the Urban Institute explores the use of CCDF child care subsidy payment rates and practices to try to expand the supply of specific types of child care that are in shorter supply (e.g., infants and toddlers, children with special needs, those needing non-traditional hour care, in communities of color).
The Urban Institute created this fact sheet to provide a summary of previous research on changing subsidy policies and procedures. It spells out seven ways states can make child care more accessible and equitable for families and more efficient for agencies. This resource supports equity.
The Urban Institute conducted research in CT, OK, and D.C. to understand which families work nontraditional hour care (NTH). The study found that NTH work schedules are more common for families who already face challenges because of structural racism and systemic inequities including those who are Black and Latinx, low-income, lower levels of education, and one-parent families.
The Office of Inspector General's issue brief identifies a concern that if states set payment rates too low, families may not have access to child care providers.