January 3, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Low-Income Families and the Cost of Child Care
      Source: Urban Institute - December 23, 2013
  2. The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start: First Annual Report
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 3, 2014

1. Low-Income Families and the Cost of Child Care

Source: Urban Institute - December 23, 2013

The Urban Institute has published a new paper, Low-Income Families and the Cost of Child Care: State Child Care Subsidies, Out-of-Pocket Expenses and the Cliff Effect (December 2013), by Sarah Minton and Christin Durham. The authors look at how state policies affect families' child care expenses and find that when families' incomes increase just enough to make them ineligible for child care assistance, the potential increase in out-of-pocket child care expenses can be much greater than the increase in income.

2. The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start: First Annual Report

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 3, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation has published The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start: First Annual Report (OPRE Report 2013-54, December 2013), which describes a study that has been designed to examine the effects of two home visiting models - Healthy Families America (HFA) and Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) - on birth outcomes and maternal and infant health and health care. The study will use a rigorous random assignment design. It will also collect and analyze information on local implementation processes. The study was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), funded by CMS, and implemented in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).