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Mezey, Jennifer

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Works: 16 works in 16 publications in 1 language and 21 library holdings
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Reversing direction on welfare reform : president's budget cuts child care for more than 300,000 children ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
New child care resources are needed to prevent the loss of child care assistance for hundreds of thousands of children in working families by Sharon Parrott( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Welfare Dollars No Longer an Increasing Source of Child Care Funding: Use of Funds in Fy 2002 Unchanged from Fy 2001, Down from Fy 2000 by Jennifer Mezey( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Since fiscal year (fy) 1997, states have used funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (tanf) block grant to supplement other funds in efforts to provide more child care assistance. This report provides an overview of the rules governing the use of tanf funds for child care. The report also describes how states used tanf funds to expand child care assistance between fy1996 and fy2000; explains how states spent tanf funds on child care in fy2002, in comparison to fy2001 and in the context of overall use of tanf in fy2002; and discusses why use of tanf for child care is likely to decline. The report then raises policy implications of these data for tanf reauthorization. The report concludes by pointing out that tanf is no longer a growing funding source for state child care programs. The use of tanf for child care was essentially unchanged between fy2001 and fy2002, and remains below the high of fy2000. Other uses for tanf have increased during this time period, although it is unclear if this represents a continuing trend. Indications are that by fy2003 or fy2004, the use of tanf for child care will likely decline due to state budget crises, dwindling or exhausted reserves, and tanf caseload dynamics. It is emphasized that this combination of factors will result in the loss of child care assistance for hundreds of thousands of low-income children, and that states will need more dedicated mandatory child care funding to prevent these cuts and meet any new tanf work requirements. (Kb)
One Step Forward or Two Steps Back? Why the Bipartisan Senate Finanace Bill Reflects a Better Approach to Tanf Reauthorization than the House Bill by Shawn Fremstad( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This document is comprised of three Center for Law and Policy articles dealing with reauthorization of funding for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (tanf). The first article compares the U.S. House and Senate bills for reauthorization, asserting that in a broad array of areas, the Senate bill provides states with more flexibility and resources to help parents succeed in the labor force. The article then details 13 important ways in which the Senate bill reflects a better approach to welfare reform than the House bill. The second article examines the slowing trend in states' use of tanf funds since September 2001. The article notes that by the end of fy 2000, states redirected more tanf funds to their child care subsidy programs than were available through the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (ccdbg). Since September 2001, however, a few states have pulled back tanf funds, and overall, states used slightly less for child care; the trend is likely to continue as the economy has worsened. These two articles contain references in the form of footnotes. The third article is a compilation of overhead slides for a presentation to the Welfare Reform Task Force at the National Conference of State Legislators. The slides pertain to work participation and child care funding issues in tanf reauthorization. In brief, the slides emphasize that rigid and prescriptive work requirements combined with little or no new child care funding will hurt state efforts, and that more flexible and outcome-oriented work provisions, along with increased child care funding comprise a better approach to welfare reform. (Hth)
Child care programs help parents find and keep jobs : funding shortfalls leave many families without assistance by Jennifer Mezey( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Addressing Child Care Challenges for Children with Disabilities: Proposals for Ccdbg and Idea Reauthorizations by Katherine Beh Neas( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Families with children with disabilities often have difficulty finding high quality child care for their children; this problem is compounded for low-income families. In 2003, Congress will consider the reauthorization of the two statutes that support the development of young children with disabilities and their familiesthe Child Care and Development Block Grant (ccdbg) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (idea). This paper discusses the benefits of providing quality child care and early intervention services to children with disabilities, and proposes recommendations for ccdbg and idea reauthorizations. The paper first examines how quality early intervention and preschool services for children from birth to age 5 help identify and address cognitive, physical, and emotional disability at young age, and how such services can work together to ensure that the child receives high quality care that supports his or her development as well as enabling parents to work and support the family. Next, the paper explores the challenges families face in finding child care services for children with disabilities, including the inability or unwillingness of many providers to accept such children, transportation and other logistical problems, and the scarcity of appropriately trained caregivers. The paper then provides background on ddcbg, idea, and other relevant statutes, as well as the children they serve. This section notes that need for increased federal funding has become critical in the wake of fiscal distress among state budgets. Finally, the paper offers recommendations for ccdbg and idea reauthorizations, focusing particularly on issues related to children with disabilities. Recommendations include the following: (1) increase mandatory funding for ccdbg; (2) require states to provide assurances in their state plans that they are making efforts to improve access to and quality of child care services to low-income children with disabilities; (3) amend the IDEA's Individualized Family Services Plan (ifsp) to require a statement of the child care needs of the family; and (4) amend the comprehensive system of personnel development under Part c of the ifsp to include child care providers and directors of programs that service children with disabilities and to train Part c service providers to work in partnership with other caregivers in inclusive group settings. (Contains 18 endnotes.) (Hth)
Child Care Funding: The Story Since 1996, the Challenges in Reauthorization by Mark Greenberg( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This document is comprised of presentation slides for overhead projection summarizing federal funding for child care since the 1996 changes in welfare and child care laws, and the status of reauthorization. The first slide provides a presentation overview; the remaining sheets cover the following: (1) two main sources of federal funds for low-income child care assistance; (2) the role of tanf (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) in child care spending; (3) federal ccdf (Child Care and Development Fund) allocations and tanf used for child care (1997-2001) (4) federal and state child care spending, 1996-2001 ccdf and tanf (and predecessor programs); (5) results of increased child care funding; (6) what's changed since 2001; (7) state budget situations February 2003; (8) examples of cuts and proposed cuts; (9) reauthorization context; (10) proposals last year; (11) action this year so far; (11) four goals for child care funding; (12) how much will it cost to maintain current services?; (13) considerations when looking at any funding proposal; (14) the substantial funding increase needed to accomplish child care goals; (15) how the budget surplus has rapidly dissipated over the last 2 years; (16) where did the surplus go?; (17) the administration's tax proposals; (18) considerations when looking at any tax proposals; and (19) considerations for child care advocates. (Hth)
Southern Regional Initiative on Child Care: Analysis of Potential Barriers to Creating Coordinated Absence Policies for Collaborations Between Head Start and Ccdf and Tanf-Funded Programs by Rachel Schumacher( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The Southern Institute has commissioned the Center for Law and Social Policy to examine whether federal law prevents states from adopting coordinated child absence policies for their Head Start and CCDF/TANF-funded (Child Care and Development Fund/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) child care collaborative projects. The issue relates to one of a set of policies that must be examined by state policymakers when designing such collaborations. This report first analyzes the statutory and regulatory provisions relevant to child absence policies in Head Start and in child care funded under the ccdf and tanf bock block grants. Next, the report discusses some practical considerations for states interested in adopting coordinated absence policies. The principal conclusions are as follows: (1) a Head Start grantee's funding for a slot is not reduced when a child is absent, but four consecutive unexcused absences oblige the grantee to examine the family's circumstances; (2) for ccdf- or TANF-funded child care, a state may, but need not, limit provider payments to those days in which a child is in attendance; (3) nothing in federal law prevents a state from implementing a child care payment structure in which a provider is paid so long as a slot is available, in which the provider is obligated to inform the state of excessive unexcused absences, and the state may review eligibility if a child's absences exceed a specified reasonable number. The report's appendix provides additional detail about current law and examples of current absence policy practices in Southern U.S. states. (Contains 35 footnotes.) (Author/HTH)
Coming together for children with disabilities : state collaboration to support quality, inclusive child care by Jennifer Mezey( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) by Mark Greenberg( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Unfinished Agenda: Child Care for Low-Income Families Since 1996. Implications for Federal and State Policy. [Report and] Policy Brief by Jennifer Mezey( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This report and policy brief synthesizes findings from five reports on the experiences of low-income parents, child care providers, and state child care systems in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Texas, and Washington. In recent years, there has been increased national funding for child care but deteriorating economic conditions that could jeopardize programmatic gains. The number of families and children receiving subsidy assistance has increased substantially since 1996, as has the number needing assistance, and demand is outstripping supply. Low-income families with subsidies are more likely to access formal and regulated child care than their unsubsidized peers, but low payment rates and insufficient supply of necessary and appropriate child care may limit their ability to access a broad range of care. Although most subsidized children receive care in licensed settings, there is little information about the quality of these settings, and even less information about the quality of license-exempt and informal child care settings. Recent increases in funding may have helped low-income families afford higher quality care. Recommendations for federal policymakers in the areas of funding, quality, administrative barriers, access to a broad array of care, and data collection are presented. An appendix includes executive summaries of the five reports. (Sm)
Preparing for success : how Head Start helps children with disabilities and their families by Jennifer Mezey( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Unfinished agenda : child care for low-income families since 1996 ; implications for federal and state policy ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Side-by-Side Comparison of Child Care and Early Education Provisions in Key Senate, House, and Administration Bills and Proposals by Jennifer Mezey( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This document summarizes and compares selected child care and early education provisions in current law and a set of major Congressional proposals addressing reauthorization and early education as of September 24, 2002: (1) the Administration's Early Childhood Initiative; (2) the final tanf reauthorization bill as passed in the House; (3) the comprehensive Child Care and Development Block Grant (ccdbg) reauthorization bill; (4) an early care and education bill introduced by Senators Kennedy, Gregg, Murray, and Voinovich; and (5) the tanf reauthorization bill passed out of the Senate. In addition, the first page of this comparison provides an overview of all pending proposals that include provisions for funding levels of ccdbg as part of the larger tanf reauthorization discussion, including the ones listed above and a tanf bill introduced by Senators Bayh and Carper, and a list of TANF-related principles upon which Democratic members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and other Senators agree. Although the early care and education legislation and the tanf legislation approach child care and early education issues from different perspectives, this side-by-side comparison includes all the above approaches, because changes to any piece of the child care and education system will necessarily have an impact on the others, and all serve a similar populationlow-income working families and children. (Author)
Missed opportunities : the possibilities and challenges of funding high-quality preschool through Title I of the No Child Left Behind act by Danielle Ewen( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
 
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