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By Julie Rasicot — July 17, 2012 1 min read

Federal subsidies for child care don’t necessarily lead to higher-quality child care for low-income children, a new report concludes.

The study, published in June in the journal Child Development, found children whose families used the subsidies were less likely to receive high-quality care programs than those in demographically similar families who enroll their children in Head Start or some other public preschool program.

Among families who opted for home-based programs, however, the subsidized families tended to choose better-quality settings than low-income families without subsidies, according to the study.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 18, 2012 edition of Education Week as Child Care

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