The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides child care assistance to almost a million low-income working families. Research suggests that some subsidy policies and practices can create unintended barriers to getting and keeping subsidies, which has led to greater interest in policies that make it easier for clients to access and retain child care benefits. To inform this interest, this brief examines research from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid/SCHIP on the effectiveness of "client-friendly" policies (policies designed to ease benefit access and retention) and explores the implications both for CCDF policy and future research. (Author abstract)
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Client-Friendly Strategies: What Can CCDF Learn from Research on Other Systems?