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Child Care Subsidy Duration and Caseload Dynamics: A Multi-State Examination from 2004-2014

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This Brief provides an examination of the amount of time that low-income families from 32 states received child care subsidies.  These families began receiving government-funded child care subsidies during Fiscal Year 2012, prior to the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act.  In general, families utilized child care subsidy programs for short time periods, usually less than a year.  However, families that received child care subsidies for a period frequently returned to the subsidy programs after they exited and received subsidies multiple times. This Research Brief looks at the duration of specific instances or spells of subsidy receipt, as well as total duration of subsidy receipt across multiple spells over a more extended period of time.