Impact of Quality Child Care on Homelessness Prevention

Increasing Subsidies and Access Helps
Women Maintain Housing and Employment

Impact of Quality Child Care on Homelessness PreventionIn its latest report in its “Profiles at Risk” series, The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH) examines the connection between quality childcare and the risk women face for homelessness. The findings include that childcare is a significant factor contributing to family homelessness and that it separates families experiencing homelessness from low-income families who maintain stable housing.

Not surprisingly, the report makes the following conclusions. Homeless women:

  1. Receive child care subsidies less often than their stably housed peers and are more likely to use informal arrangements that provide fewer developmental supports for their children; and
  2. Report more frequent disruptions in employment and training due to unreliable childcare.

An effect of welfare reform has been an increased demand for child care subsidies and the report suggests policy solutions at both the federal and state levels including:

  • Increasing federal investment in childcare subsidies; and
  • Improving access to high quality childcare with subsidies through state regulation.

Using data from a nation a study, ICPH highlights characteristics of families most at risk of homelessness and focusing on childhood well being and differences in childcare. The findings reveal distinct differences in type, reliability, and quality of child care as broken down by housing status.

Click here to read the full report.