Child Care Assistance in Illinois: A Fellowship to Shape a Translational Research Agenda

The Fellowship will deepen Julia Henly’s understanding of the forces that shape state child care policy and local program implementation for low-income children.

Dr. Henly is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago. She also serves on the steering committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ Child Care Policy Research Consortium. Henly’s research focuses on the intersection of family poverty, low-wage employment, child care, and public policy. Her fellowship will complement her research and immerse her in two organizations engaged in administering and implementing child care subsidies. She will spend one year at Illinois Action for Children, the program administrator for childcare subsidies in Cook County. Henly will spend more limited time at the Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Child Care. Henly hopes to advance her ability to strengthen connections between research and policy and identify viable responses for promoting greater stability in child care subsidy use.

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