Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care
What does this measure?
The percentage of children in subsidized child care, expressed as a rate of all children under 13.
Why is this important?
Parents who cannot pay for child care on their own may be unable to work or may leave children unsupervised. Child care subsidies can help low–income families get on their feet financially. The number of families receiving such help can be a partial measure of the number of working poor people in a region, though policy and administrative decisions can also factor into trends.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2010, 3.6% of children in Cayuga and 1.1% of children in Seneca participated in subsidized child care, compared to 2.9% of children statewide (excluding NYC). The rate ticked upward in Cayuga, the comparison counties and the state in 2010 after generally falling from the level in 2003. But in Seneca, the trend remained downward, falling from 3.9% in 2003. Rates in the comparison counties ranged from 1.7% in Wayne to 4.2% in Onondaga.
Notes about the data
Data for each year represent the average of the number of children in subsidized care each month of the year, out of all children under age 13. Data for the years prior to 2003 were not consistently available for all counties. Comparable national data were not available. To be eligible for subsidized care, a child must be under 13, under 18 if disabled, or under a court order. Data do not reflect the number of children eligible for subsidized care, only those receiving it following a formal application and approval process.