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This study for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) examined the effects of welfare reform and child care policies on low-income children, their parents, and child care providers. The five-year study began in 1998 and was conducted in 25 communities in 17 states. The study examined state-level child care policies, practices, regulations, and resource allocations. It also investigated how shifts in welfare policy and programs affect the child care market at the community level. In addition, 2,000 low-income families in the 25 communities were surveyed about their child care choices and factors affecting those choices. Finally, in five of the communities, there was a three-year in-depth study of 650 low-income parents and their home-based child care providers. Parents and child care providers were interviewed every six months and children were observed in the family child care environment.
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