In-depth policy analysis that examines how lack of adequate child care is a major barrier that low-income parents face when accessing supportive services in the workforce system.

This report is an examination of the intersection of “the family and contextual barriers that can make it difficult for low-wage workers to participate in workforce development programs, and the importance of supportive services to overcome these barriers. A key barrier is the lack of child care, which may be caused by high costs or limited availability of suitable options” (p.1).This report hopes “to spur a dialogue on critical issues and solutions related to supporting the child care needs of parents in workforce development programs. This report, one of a series of papers directed toward bridging the gap between the fields of child care and workforce development, focuses on providing an overview of each system and of the issues that lie at the intersection of these two worlds. Although the issues explored in the report are relevant to a broad group of low-income parents, [the authors] focus primarily on parents who are not in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) system and are not teen parents, because child care support for these populations is more readily available” (p.1).

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