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Darcy Richardson ’06: Child-Only Welfare Cases in Madison County

By Upstate Institute on July 1, 2006

Ever since the welfare reform of the late 1990’s, greater attention has been paid to child-only welfare households. These are the households in which only the children are eligible to receive TANF funding, due the SSI or immigrant status of their parents or because they are living with non-parent relative caregivers. Read more

Alden Ellis ’06: Summer Sales in Hamilton, New York

By Upstate Institute on July 1, 2006

The 2,750 students that attend Colgate University make up a significant portion of the population of Hamilton, NY, which has a local population of approximately 3,500. When summertime comes, most of these students leave town and take their spending power with them. To add to this, village residents come and go on vacations during the summer season. It seems likely that downtown Hamilton stores and restaurants would be adversely affected by Colgate’s summer break. Is this the case? Read more

Darcy Richardson ’06: Government Regulation of Child Care: Should it Be Increased in New York to Include Informal Care?

By Upstate Institute on July 1, 2006

The government has placed increasing regulations on child care over the last few decades. Until recently, informal care providers, those who care for only a few children in their home or the children’s home, have been exempt from these regulations. Concerns over quality have led many states to consider increased regulation of this part of the child care market when government subsidized funding is being used. Studies on the effectiveness of current regulation of child care centers and group homes show, however, that regulation is a risky means of improving quality. It may not be effective and can negatively affect availability, cost, parental employment, and parental responsibility and self sufficiency. Read more