Child Care Subsidies in the United States: Government Funding to Families


  • Christine McKenna

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2010


  • Childcare
  • Demographics
  • Leave
  • Mothers/Motherhood
  • Public Policy


  • Sociology


Arrangements to substitute for care by parents or guardians fall into two categories: informal or formal care. The more common system is to use informal care, that which is provided by family members, friends, and neighbors. Formal care involves regulated providers such as preschools and licensed home- and center-based care (Brown-Lyons, Robertson, & Layzer, 2001). In this encyclopedia entry, I examine the role of government funding, as allocated at the federal level, and how it shapes the availability and quality of care provided to children in the United States.

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