Can We Trust Parental Reports of Child Care Subsidy Receipt?

Published: January 24, 2013
Child Care
Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis Project, 2005-2018 | Learn more about this project

This brief finds a high degree of overlap between parent and provider report of subsidy receipt using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) Child Care Supplement (CCS) dataset. The authors recommend that researchers use administrative data to validate parental report of subsidy receipt whenever possible, but also suggest that the quality of parent-reported survey-based measures of subsidy receipt may be reliable. 

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019