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The TANF Child Care Collaborative

Responding to a Changed Environment for Subsidized Child Care

By Anne Erickson, Henry A. Freedman, Marcia Henry, Eve Hershcopf, Sherry Leiwant, Daniel Lesser, Marcia C. Rachofsky & Nancy Strohl

When the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program imposed work requirements on welfare recipients, advocates had to assist clients with difficult child care problems. In response to these challenges, three national legal advocacy groups launched the TANF Child Care Collaborative to support state and local organizations advocating improved child care for low-income families. The collaborative focused on increasing the capacity of state and local advocates to address child care issues in Illinois, New York, and Texas.

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