Projects, Grants & Contracts

Child Care Subsidy Use and the Relationship to Parental Work and Child Care Quality


The objective of this research project is to understand how low-income rural families use child care subsidies, the quality of care they receive, and how subsidy use is related to child outcomes and parental work conditions. The research will address these topics with a unique, representative sample of rural families who were followed longitudinally from the birth of one of their children in six low-wealth counties in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Data was collected on parental employment and public assistance use, child care quality, types of care, providers’ characteristics, and child development. With a more thorough understanding of these issues we will be better able to tailor outreach, develop quality improvement efforts, and craft policies responsive to rural realities.

Principal Investigator:

Lynne Vernon-Feagans

Funding Dates:

9/30/2009 - 2/27/2011

Funding Source(s):

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families