The Database is divided into 36 policy categories. Through the search tool, you may only select one category at a time. Many categories are related to each other (for example, Copayment Amount and Copayment Income Thresholds). For more information on what policies/rules are captured in each category, see the Database documentation. You may also choose to download the full data files, which will provide a file with all of the Database categories.

1. SELECT A POLICY CATEGORY

You may select only one category at a time. Click here to download the full data files.
* This field is required.
Each policy category includes a unique set of variables. Through the search tool, you may select one or more variables within the category you chose in step 1. Many variables are related to each other. For more information on the variables and how they are coded, see the full Database documentation.

2. SELECT POLICY VARIABLE

You may select more than one variable. After you select a policy category (step 1), this space will show a link to that category’s codebook section.
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The Database captures the policies for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the following Territories and outlying areas: American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Through the search tool, you may select to see policies for one or more States/Territories.

3. SELECT STATE/TERRITORY

You may select more than one State/Territory.

4. SELECT DATE

Choose one option.
* You may select more than one year.
* This option displays all records for the selected calendar year, subject to the other search filters selected. For the most recent year of data, records are only available through October 1 of that year.
There are three options for the level of detail you may choose to see. (1) “Primary policies” will show a single set of policies (or one row in the output table) for each state. If there is any variation in the state based on geography, family characteristics, or provider type, the policies shown will be for the most populous area of the state; families with a working parent or guardian, not receiving TANF or transitional child care, with children who do not have special needs, and with one child in care; and licensed center-based care provided at a base level that does not include higher quality or tiered payment rates for providers. (2) “All policies/variations” will show all of the policy variations in a state (when policies vary by geography, family characteristics, or provider type), potentially resulting in multiple records/table rows for a state. (3) “Show more filters” will display additional search filters for you to choose from.
5. AT WHAT LEVEL OF DETAIL WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR DATA?
PRIMARY POLICY
ALL POLICY DETAIL
ADDITIONAL FILTERS
Policies affecting the most populous area may be state-level policies or policies for the most populous city, county, or region when no state-level policies are established. To see policies for all sub-state areas, select "Show all records".

SUB-STATE POLICIES

Policies may apply to all families or only to certain families, such as those with children with special needs or those receiving TANF. The options shown will vary depending on the states selected above, in step 3. For more information on the family groups and how they are coded, see the Database documentation.

FAMILY CHARACTERISTICS

You may select more than one family group.
*Not all family types apply to every state.

 
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