Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

State Choices to Promote Effective Parenting

Low-income young children with a
parent employed full-time, 2016

Source1

  • Extends Medicaid coverage for family planning to otherwise ineligible low-income women [2018]2
  • Exempts single parents on TANF from work requirements until the youngest child reaches age 1 [FY 2016]3
    A recipient caring for a child under the age of 6 who is unable to obtain child care may be exempt from work activities or sanctions in Denver County. All counties have the option to vary some activities exemptions.
  • Reduces the TANF work requirement to 20 hours or less for single parents with children under age 6 [FY 2016]3
    Required to work 22 hours.

State Choices to Promote Family Economic Security

Education levels of mothers with young
children, 2016

Source1

Maximum annual TANF benefit for a
family of three, for FY 2016

Source3

  • Established a state minimum wage that meets or exceeds $9.10/hr and is indexed to inflation [2016]4
    $8.31
  • Exempts single-parent families of three below the federal poverty level from personal income tax [2014]5
  • Offers a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit [2016]6
    10% of federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Offers a refundable state dependent care tax credit [FY 2016]7
    Under Colorado Child Care Tax Credit, the maximum refundable credit is $1,050. Only child care expenses may be claimed for this credit. Under Colorado Low-Income Child Care Expenses Credit, the maximum refundable credit is $1,000. Only child care expenses may be claimed for this credit. Eligible tax filers must have income under $25,000, and not receive any benefit from the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit.
  • Keeps copayments for child care subsidies below 10% of family income for families of three at 150% FPL [2015]8
    Copayments set at 11% of income.
  • Offers exemptions and/or extensions of the TANF benefit time limit for women who are pregnant or caring for a child under age 6 [FY 2016]3
    While the state does not allow an explicit exemption for caring for a child under a specific age, if there is inadequate access to child care, an exemption may be granted so the parent may stay home to care for the child.
  • Has paid family leave for a minimum of 6 weeks with partial replacement of wages [2016]9
  

Data Notes and Sources

Last Updated: May 13, 2015

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  1. National data were calculated from the 2015 American Community Survey, representing information from 2015. State data were calculated from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey, representing information from the years 2011-2015.
  2. Guttmacher Institute. (2018). Medicaid Family Planning Eligibility Expansions. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute. Https://www.guttmacher.org (accessed January 3, 2018).
  3. Giannarelli, L., Heffernan, C., Minton, S., Thompson, M., & Stevens, K. (2017). Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2016. OPRE Report 2017-82. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.acf.hhs.gov (accessed December 19, 2017).
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures. (2016). State minimum wages: 2016 minimum wages by state. Washington, DC: National Conference of State Legislatures. http://www.ncsl.org (accessed February 18, 2016).
  5. National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), 50-State Policy Tracker. (2014) 50-State Data, Income Tax Liability. http://nccp.org (accessed June 23, 2017).
  6. Williams, E. (2017). States Can Adopt or Expand Earned Income Tax Credits to Build a Stronger Future Economy: State Earned Income Tax Credits, 2016. Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. https://www.cbpp.org (accessed June 23, 2017).
  7. National Women's Law Center. (2017). State Child Care and Dependent Care, Tax Provisions, Tax Year 2016. Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center. https://nwlc.org (accessed December 19, 2017).
  8. Schulman, Karen; Blank, Helen. 2015. Building Blocks State Child Care Assistance Policies 2015. National Women's Law Center. http://www.nwlc.org (accessed November 11, 2015).
  9. National Conference of State Legislatures. (2016). State Family Medical Leave and Parental Leave Laws. Washington, DC: National Conference of State Legislatures. Http://www.ncsl.org (accessed November 28, 2016).