Ellen K. Scott
Ann Shirley Leymon
Miriam Abelson
Organizational Affiliation(s): 
University of Oregon
University of Minnesota
Publication Date: 
January, 2011

This qualitative study focuses on the impact of the child care subsidy policies on the employment and child-care decisions of participating families. It is based on in-depth interviews with forty-four recipients of ERDC subsidies. The findings include: an understanding of the relationships between parents’ employment and child care arrangements, use of the subsidies and their effects on stability of employment and child care, cost burden even in the context of generous subsidies, factors driving changes in child care arrangements, the role of personal networks, and how hard parent work to manage their lives and provide for their children.

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