Fri, Jan 10, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Streamlining Child Care Subsidies:
Better for Families and State Agencies

Work Supports Strategies (WSS) is a multi-year, multi-foundation funded effort to design, test, and implement more effective, streamlined, and integrated approaches to delivering supports for low-income working families, including health coverage, nutrition assistance, and child care subsidies. Six states are currently serving as pilot sites: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is sponsoring this national audio conference to explore exciting developments in child care as part of the WSS initiative. Idaho, for instance, now offers a "self -reliance specialist" to determine eligibility for child care and other safety net programs. A single application form is used for SNAP, Medicaid, child care, and other benefits. The audio call will also examine issues such as how a conservative state embraced safety net programs; the effectiveness of particular streamlining strategies; and what lessons from WSS can be applied to child care and other programs in the other 44 states. For a sneak preview on WSS and child care, check out this just-released report from the Urban Institute and Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).


  • Richard Armstrong, Director, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Olivia Golden, Executive Director, CLASP
  • Hannah Matthews, Director of Child Care and Early Education, CLASP

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