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New Statistics Show Only Small Percentage of Eligible Families Receive Child Care Help

12/8/2000:   1.8 Million American children in low-income families are receiving federal child-care subsidies. 15 million children in the US are eligible for this type of federal support.

New statistics released this week by the office of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna E. Shalala show that only 12 percent of eligible children received federal assistance in 1999.

Due, in part, to the strong economy and the growing workforce, states were necessarily spending more for child care, with an increase of nearly 80% percent in the last two years. 17 of the states polled showed that those states were only able to serve 15 to 20 percent of federally eligible children in 1999.

"The information released today confirms that working families still do not have adequate access to safe and affordable child care for their children-- something that is crucial if they are to keep their jobs," said Secretary Shalala.

Congress has not yet decided the final funding level of the Child Care Development block grant for the fiscal year 2001. To find out how the Federal budget surplus may be able to aid these children please see:


To view an inventory of various child day care research taking place in the US, including the National Study of Child Care for Low-Income Families, see:


A report by the CWLA Director of Child Day Care Programs, Bruce Hershfield, discusses strengthening and supporting these at-risk children and families. This text is available at:


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