Still Mending the Patchwork: A Report Examining County-by-County Inequities in Child Care Subsidy Administration in New York State

Cameron Betterley, Saima Akhtar, Susan Antos and Gary Grasso June 02, 2014

Although New York’s child care subsidy program is primarily federally funded, its benefits are distributed to parents across the state inequitably due to state regulations that permit each of the 58 social services districts to select from a myriad of options in the administration of child care subsidies.  This includes the amount of subsidy that will be provided to families.  The resulting variations between districts harm both low income families who rely on these benefits and child care providers – the small businesses dedicated to caring for children – by creating more instability in an already underfunded and unstable system.

Our fourth and most extensive “Patchwork of Policies” report details sixteen distinct program administration options and compares how each of the social services districts has chosen to implement them.  The report seeks to highlight how these variations further disadvantage vulnerable low income families and child care providers, and offers detailed regulatory recommendations and statutory changes that will help resolve these inequalities.

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A Patchwork of Policies Client Story

Child Care Copayments as a Percent of Family Income, by County

Summary Fact Sheet

Information Summary of County by County Eligibility Standards