Brief

This brief explores one topic: child care subsidies in Virginia. It examines who’s eligible and how the state can do better to make child care and school more affordable for working parents in need. It is both a product of the Casey Foundation’s “The High Cost of Being Poor” forums and the seventh installment in a series that shares strategies on advocating for low-income families across America.   

August 20, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why child care subsidies matter to low-income parents.

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    Virginia’s rankings on child care subsidy measures.

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    Virginia’s current income reimbursement rates for child care subsidies.

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    Policy moves Virginia can make to maximize the potential of child care subsidies.

Key Takeaway

When it comes to child care subsidies, Virginia’s families and economy are missing out

Child care subsidies more than pay for themselves. Every $1 invested in child care subsidies generates about $1.50 in economic activity, according to research. Despite this obvious benefit, Virginia serves fewer than 7% of families eligible by federal guidelines.

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