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Economic Justice

TANF and Child Care Subsidies

Child care subsidies have been critical for families who receive TANF benefits, especially as they transition off of TANF and into employment. With the emphasis on Welfare-to-work under the changes in legislation in 1996, families need the support of child care in order to ensure that their children are being looked after while working. Subsidies also boost opportunities for families to seek child care programs that they believe are safe and provide educational opportunities for their children.

TANF - State Differences

Under the new block grant system, states receive federal funds and match this amount with state funds to use as they see fit to meet the objectives of TANF in varying manners. In order to continue receipt of funds, states must demonstrate a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirement, in which each state matches the federal funds provided for services that must fall into one of the four objectives stated above for eligible families.

Healthy Families Act (H.R. 2460)

Sponsored by Rep DeLauro (D-CT), this bill would guarantee workers up to seven accrued paid sick days to care for their own medical needs and those of their families, and to deal with an incidence of domestic violence. Read more

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