Administrative burden arises when individuals encounter challenges accessing, utilizing, or understanding government services and programs, such as the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF), the nation’s child care assistance program. When intended beneficiaries (such as families and child care providers) perceive that the required efforts and costs associated with the program outweigh the benefits received, this may discourage participation and reduce the use of economic and social supports.

To understand how Michigan’s Child Development and Care (CDC) payment structure changes affected the program handbook’s complexity, the research team examined the January 2020 CDC Handbook (issued before many new changes occurred) and the January 2024 CDC Handbook (after significant changes).

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