Continuity of Child Care Subsidy Receipt: Why Definitions of Spells and Gaps Matter

Research BriefEarly ChildhoodFeb 3 2015

In this brief, we use administrative data from one state’s child care subsidy program to demonstrate how the overall patterns of subsidy continuity are influenced by the time unit used and by the definition of the end of a subsidy spell. The examples presented here demonstrate that the proportion of children with short spells varies depending on the spell definition.