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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study
Award Year: 1998
Amount of award, fiscal 1998: $1,959,007.00
Institution: Abt Associates, Inc.
Principal Investigator: William Hamilton
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This is a legislatively mandated study. Family child care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) have new tiered-meal reimbursements. This study, conducted by Abt Associates, Inc., assesses the impact the new tiered-meal reimbursements have had on sponsoring organizations, participating and dropout homes, and children cared for by participating homes. The study will collect and analyze administrative and survey data and report to Congress on the effects.

The tiered reimbursement system was instituted on July 1, 1997, as part of the welfare reform legislation passed August 26, 1996. The new system provides that any family child care home located in a low-income area (an area where at least half of the children live in families with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty level or an area served by an elementary school in which at least half of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals) continues to be reimbursed as before, as are homes where the provider's income is below 185 percent of the poverty level. This group of homes is referred to as tier 1 homes. All other homes are reimbursed at substantially lower rates. This latter group of homes, referred to as tier 2 homes, includes homes that are neither located in a low-income area nor operated by a low-income provider. Tier 2 homes can receive the higher tier 1 reimbursement rates for meals served to children from families with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty level.

This is a cost reimbursable contract, jointly funded by the Economic Research Service (ERS) and Food and Nutrition Service. ERS manages the contract. The total cost of the project is estimated at $3,658,551 of which $1,959,007 is funded by ERS in fiscal 1998 and $1,699,544 is funded by the Food and Nutrition Service. The expected completion date is February 2001.

Topic: Child and Adult Care, Program Operations, Welfare Reform
Output:
Bernstein, L., and W. Hamilton. Sponsoring Organizations in the CACFP--Administrative Effects of Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study, E-FAN-02-003, USDA, ERS, March 2002.
Crepinsek, M., L. Ghelfi, and W. Hamilton. Households with Children in CACFP Child Care Homes--Effects of Meal Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study, E-FAN-02-005, USDA, ERS, March 2002.
Crepinsek, M., N. Burstein, E. Lee, S. Kennedy, and W. Hamilton. Meals Offered by Tier 2 CACFP Family Child Care Providers--Effects of Lower Meal Reimbursements: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study, E-FAN-02-006, USDA, ERS, March 2002.
Ghelfi, L. Effects of CACFP Reimbursement Tiering: Major Findings of the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 24, UDSA, ERS, May 2002.
Ghelfi, L. Food Assistance Research Brief--Reimbursement Tiering Improves Targeting but Decreases Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 34-9, USDA, ERS, July 2003.
Ghelfi, L. Food Assistance Research Brief--Tiering Increases CACFP Sponsors' Administrative Tasks, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 34-8, USDA, ERS, July 2003.
Ghelfi, L. Issues in Food Assistance--Program Targeting: Effects of Meal Reimbursement Tiering on the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 26-1, UDSA, ERS, April 2002.
Hamilton, W., E. Stickney, and M. Crepinsek. Family Child Care Homes and the CACFP: Participation After Reimbursement Tiering (An Interim Report of the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study), Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 3, USDA, ERS, October 1999.
Hamilton, W., E. Stickney, N. Burstein, and L. Bernstein. Family Child Care Home Participation in the CACFP--Effects of Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study, E-FAN-02-002, USDA, ERS, March 2002.
Hamilton, W., N. Burstein, and M. Crepinsek. Reimbursement Tiering in the CACFP: Summary Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 22, UDSA, ERS, March 2002.
Zotov, N., S. Keng, and W. Hamilton. Family Child Care Providers in the CACFP--Operational Effects of Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study, E-FAN-02-004, UDSA, ERS, March 2002.

Last updated: Friday, May 23, 2014

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