November 22, 2003
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The need and demand for quality child care is at an all time high. But the supply of care has not kept pace in low-income communities, where demand has been stimulated by a strong economy, increased operating subsidies through the Child Care Development Block Grant, and the new Welfare Reform employment requirements, which have made it necessary for more young parents to enter the workforce. Because of the incidence of welfare in these communities, expanding the child care supply is especially urgent.


This report defines the problem, and then looks at the community development model and successful child care supply-building models and financing programs as ways to overcome barriers to the expansion of child care enterprises.

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