The team proposes to analyze administrative data and collect data on family perceptions through surveys and interviews to answer the following research questions: 1a) What facilitates and prevents initial enrollment of eligible families into CCDF assistance, particularly in the context of recent New Mexico policy efforts to make eligibility criteria and co-pay obligations more transparent? 1b) What additional supports might families at higher risk need to achieve enough stability to gain subsidy eligibility? 2a) What facilitates enrollment continuity for families, including 12-month recertification policies and practices? 2b) For families that do not re-enroll, what are their reasons for exiting child care assistance, and what are the subsequent effects on families? 3) What associations exist between sustained access to subsidy assistance and changes in family stability outcomes including educational attainment, job skills acquisition, employment, increased earnings, and attainment of other goals and outcomes as defined by families?
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects