NCASE Resource Library
Given the growing momentum for a better approach to rate setting, Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies (P5FS) has developed this guide to using cost estimation modeling to set subsidy rates, informed by experience working with New Mexico and the District of Columbia as well as dozens of other states and communities in recent years.
This report by Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies provides a detailed summary of the process and the findings from New Mexico's cost study and cost estimation model in their effort to inform subsidy rate setting. The report shares cost of quality across age ranges, including school-age, and levels of quality in QRIS.
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 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.
This guidebook provides a definition of access and how to measure access across different types of settings. It also describes indicators of access, how to measure the indicators, and what data sources exist. While it is primarily designed for birth to age 5, the model can be adapted for use in studying access for school-age care.