Implementing CalWORKs Support Services: Child Care in Los Angeles County

The welfare system in the United States is embarking on a major transition. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), an entitlement program enabling low-income parents to stay home with their children, has been replaced with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a time-limited benefit that requires parents to work or participate in work-related activities as a condition of aid receipt. If parents are to meet work requirements, they must have access to child care services. Yet the cost of care or an insufficient supply of child care providers could limit child care accessibility. In this report, I evaluate Los Angeles County’s plan to assist recipients in securing child care services.

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