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Recent Changes in Massachusetts Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems. State Update No. 5. Assessing the New Federalism [microform] : An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies / Laura Kaye, Demetra Nightingale and Jodi Sandfort
Bib ID 5687711
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Kaye, Laura
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2001 
23 p. 

This brief summarizes information collected during visits to Massachusetts in 1999 and 2000 to document changes and progress since 1997, updating a 1997 report on the state's benefits and services and the economic and political context shaping Massachusetts' agenda for serving low-income families. It profiles Massachusetts' economy and population, reviews the income and social services safety net and caseload statistics, and offers three main sections that examine specific programs and services, administrative structure, general service delivery, and policies affecting key programs and their clients. First, it describes Massachusetts' Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program, including its work-related component for TAFDC recipients, and the overall workforce development system. Next, it addresses Massachusetts' system for providing child care to TANF and low-income families. Finally, it describes the child welfare system. Massachusetts shows the implications of a strong "work first" approach to welfare reform. It was one of the first states to implement a consolidated workforce development and one-stop career center system. Massachusetts prioritizes work-related services to TAFDC recipients who leave assistance for employment. The child care system has received over $200 million in TANF funds, though there are still waiting lists for nonwelfare child care. (Contains 13 endnotes.) (SM)


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Sponsoring Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.

Sponsoring Agency: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.

Sponsoring Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.

Sponsoring Agency: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.

Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.

Sponsoring Agency: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.

Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.

Sponsoring Agency: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.

Sponsoring Agency: McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.

Sponsoring Agency: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.

Sponsoring Agency: Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.

Sponsoring Agency: Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.

Sponsoring Agency: Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.

Sponsoring Agency: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.

Sponsoring Agency: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.

ERIC Note: Also supported by the Stuart Foundation. For additional State Update reports, see UD 034 385-389.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Child Welfare.  |  Children.  |  Day Care.  |  Early Childhood Education.  |  Employment Services.  |  Federal Programs.  |  Low Income Groups.  |  Political Influences.  |  Social Influences.  |  State Programs.  |  Welfare Recipients.  |  Welfare Services.  |  Massachusetts Welfare to Work Programs  |  Aid to Families with Dependent Children Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Welfare Reform
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors Nightingale, Demetra, author  |  Sandfort, Jodi, author  |  Fender, Lynne, author  |  Urban Inst., Washington, DC
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