With the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Great Start (MDE/OGS) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), PPA is examining the impact of child care subsidy policy changes through a four-year research study involving primary and secondary data collection and analysis. The overarching goal of the work is to assess the impact of the policy changes—which range from eligibility threshold increases to provider supports—on equitable access to quality child care. PPA examines the efficacy of subsidy policy on the quality of provider and continuity of care, with particular attention to its results by racial/ethnic group, poverty level, and geography using program data. Each year, PPA gathers insights from providers, parents who have a subsidy, and MDHHS case workers through interviews or a survey. The state partners also complete assessments designed by PPA about their coordination around policy implementation for this assistance program. Findings reports and briefs are being released periodically and can be found here.
- Key informant interviews
- Literature review
- Public communications
- Survey research & analysis
- Secondary data collection & analysis
- Partner policy coordination analysis