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Keywords:

  • child care;
  • low-income;
  • phenomenology;
  • policy;
  • rural families;
  • welfare reform

Phenomenological analysis was used to understand how rural low-income families accessed and used child-care resources to meet the needs of their families using data from Wave 1 of the Rural Families Speak Project. In the aftermath of welfare reform, results highlight the continuing need for policy aimed at building stronger supports for families with inadequate access to child care.