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Child Support Income and Copayments in the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program

The Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program provides assistance to low-income families who need help with child care in order to work. Families must meet both financial and nonfinancial eligibility criteria to participate and are expected to pay part of the cost of the child care in the form of copayments that are calculated according to a sliding scale. Currently, child and family support payments are not counted as income when determining financial eligibility or expected copayment amounts. A previous report considered the effects on program caseloads if child and family support income were considered as income for the purposes of eligibility determinations. The report also estimated the effects of these changes in caseloads on program costs. This report estimates a fuller fiscal effect of considering child and family support as income for purposes of calculating Wisconsin Shares copayment amounts, including the effect of families who would retain eligibility but experience higher copayments.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Family Income, Related Social Policies, WI Administrative Data Core


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