The High Cost of Being Poor

Issue Brief #7 Child Care Subsidies

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

August 20, 2005


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.   

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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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