Cover: Defining Narrow Cost Analysis

Defining Narrow Cost Analysis

A Brief for CCDF Lead Agencies

Published in: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation website (2022)

Posted on Oct 18, 2023

by Julia Isaacs, Lynn A. Karoly, Pia Caronongan, Katie Gonzalez, Peter Willenborg, Sarah Prendergast

This brief has three goals: define narrow cost analysis; define and discuss child care costs and prices; explain how narrow cost analysis helps inform payment rates. This brief draws on our discussions and interviews with: Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Administrators; child care researchers; experts from the Office of Child Care (OCC); an expert from the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability. We also reviewed OCC guidance, prior literature, and state examples of narrow cost analyses. We define italicized key terms in a glossary at the end of the brief.

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