Child care programs (11 - 20 of 29 items)
Foster Care: Recent Legislation Helps States Focus on Finding Permanent Homes for Children, but Long-Standing Barriers Remain
GAO-02-585: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2002.
In response to concerns about the length of time children were spending in foster care, Congress enacted the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA). The act contained two key provisions intended to help states more quickly move the more than 800,000 children estimated to be in foster care each year to safe and permanent homes. One of these provisions, referred to as "fast track," allows sta...
Welfare Reform: HHS' Progress in Implementing Its Responsibilities
HEHS-98-44: Published: Feb 2, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) implementation of the mandates resulting from the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, focusing on the: (1) extent to which HHS reduced its full-time equivalent (FTE) staff levels to the levels prescribed by the law; (2) clarity, timeliness, and usefulness of HHS...
National Service Programs: AmeriCorps*USA--First Year Experience and Recent Program Initiatives
T-HEHS-96-146: Published: May 21, 1996. Publicly Released: May 21, 1996.
GAO discussed the Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps*USA service program. GAO noted that: (1) for program year 1994 to 1995, the Corporation provided almost $149 million for grantee projects; (2) about 69 percent of matching project contributions came from public sources; (3) total resources available per participant, exclusive of private in-kind contributions, averaged $2...
National Service Programs: AmeriCorps*USA--Early Program Resource and Benefit Information
T-HEHS-96-14: Published: Oct 17, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1995.
GAO discussed the resources available for the Corporation for National and Community Services' AmeriCorps*USA program. GAO noted that: (1) for program year 1994 through 1995, over one-third of the total available resources for AmeriCorps*USA programs came from other federal agencies, state and local governments, and private sector contributors; (2) the public sector provided about 88 percent of th...
Food Assistance: Schools That Left the National School Lunch Program
RCED-94-36BR: Published: Dec 3, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), focusing on the: (1) number of schools that withdrew from the program; (2) characteristics of the schools that withdrew from NSLP; (3) reasons why schools withdrew from NSLP; and (4) lunch services offered at the schools after they withdrew from NSLP.GAO found that: (1) only a few schools withdrew from NSLP...
Food Assistance: Information on Meal Costs in the National School Lunch Program
RCED-94-32BR: Published: Dec 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the costs of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), focusing on the: (1) Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) study on the cost of meals; (2) ability of school food authorities to produce meals at or below the reimbursement rate for free meals; (3) differences in meal production costs among regions; and (4) appropriateness of the index FNS uses to...
Foster Care: Delayed Follow-Up of Noncomplying States May Reduce Incentive for Reform
PEMD-89-16: Published: Sep 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) provided incentive funds to states which instituted ACYF-mandated reforms under its Child Welfare Services grants program.GAO found that: (1) ACYF disbursed incentive funds to all states that certified their compliance with provisions and then retrospectively reviewed st...
Foster Parents: Recruiting and Preservice Training Practices Need Evaluation
HRD-89-86: Published: Aug 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied states' and localities' foster parent recruiting and preservice training strategies, concentrating on foster care programs in Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, and Texas.GAO found that: (1) potential and current foster parents were discouraged from providing foster care by such factors as children's more complex emotional, behavioral, a...
Food Stamps: Reasons for Nonparticipation
PEMD-89-5BR: Published: Dec 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined the reported reasons why eligible households did not participate in the Food Stamp Program; and (2) compared nonparticipation reasons cited by families in 1979 with those cited in 1986.GAO found that, in 1979 and 1986, respectively: (1) 46.1 percent and 43.8 percent of eligible families participated in the program; (2) 53.8 percent and 50.7...
Children's Programs: A Comparative Evaluation Framework and Five Illustrations
PEMD-88-28BR: Published: Aug 31, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO developed a framework of general criteria for ensuring comprehensive review of federal programs' operations and effectiveness and applied it to five federal programs.The GAO framework: (1) consists of a program description component and a set of 10 general evaluation criteria; (2) assesses the need for a program, its implementation, and its effect; (3) d...