explores how state policy and practice may contribute to disparities in Hispanic families’ use of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidies. These subsidies provide important financial assistance to low-income families to secure child care so they can work or attend training and education programs.
Focusing on 13 states that collectively are home to 80 percent of the country’s Hispanic children living in low-income families, Center co-investigators Lisa Gennetian and Julia Mendez and former Center fellow Zoelene Hill examined state-level variation in policies and practices across dimensions especially relevant to the Latino population:
- Approval of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for eligibility
- Household and work documentation requirements
- Availability of Spanish-language information and applications online
- Prioritization of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
They find that, as of July 2018, the 13 states showed considerable variation in state-level policies and practices related to CCDF; most of the 13 states had policies or practices that may create barriers to access. However, many also had policies that may facilitate access.