Preventive Benefits of U.S. Childcare Subsidies in Supervisory Child Neglect

Kathryn Maguire-Jack, Kelly M. Purtell, Kathryn Showalter, Sheila Barnhart, Mi Youn Yang

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Using data from age 3 of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the current study explores the complex relationships between U.S. childcare subsidies and neglect. Specifically, the study examines two research questions: (i) Are U.S. childcare subsidies associated with self-reported neglect among low-income mothers? (ii) What individual types of self-reported neglect are significantly reduced by receipt of childcare subsidy? Using negative binomial regression examining the relationships among mothers who were income-eligible for childcare subsidy, we found that childcare subsidy was associated with lower levels of supervisory neglect, indicating an important role of subsidy in the lives of low-income families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2019

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children's Bureau


  • Fragile Families
  • child neglect
  • childcare subsidies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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